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Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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Santa Barbara, CA 93150
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In response to drought conditions and dwindling available water supplies, the Montecito Water District (MWD) adopted an ordinance declaring a water shortage emergency and establishing restrictions on water use. You can view the ordinance at this link: Water Shortage Emergency Ordinance. A news report of the meeting can be found here: http://www.noozhawk.com/article/montecito_water_use_reductions_santa_barbara_declares_drought_20140211
The MWD has now adopted a Water Allocation Plan and related ordinance. This plan establishes annual and monthly limitations on the amount of water used. For residential customers the proposed plan establishes a base allocation of 25 hundred cubic feet (HCF) or units of water per month intended to meet essential needs with an additional allocation for non-essential uses that varies based on parcel size and month. You can view the Allocation Plan here.
Information on water conservation is available at these websites: http://www.waterwisesb.org/ and http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/pw/resources/conservation/default.asp.
Emerging state-wide issues related to local involvement in the State Water Project also warrant monitoring. For a study that looks at the effect of the Twin Tunnels Project on South Coast communities, we recommend the California Water Impact Network's report "The Unaffordable and Unsustainable Twin Tunnels: Why the Santa Barbara Experience Matters."