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Water Shortage Emergency

Friday, February 12, 2016

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.

The Montecito Association Water Committee is also focused on local water supply issues.  At the committee meeting of February 26, 2016, at 9 am, the committee will receive a presentation on Santa Barbara County's Long Term Supplemental Water Supply Alternatives Report from Tom Fayram, Water Resources Deputy Director.  Find additional information on that report here:  http://cosb.countyofsb.org/pwd/pwwater.aspx?id=48056.