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Bird Refuge Watering
updated: May 29, 2014, 9:55 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Does anyone know where the city is getting the water they are using at the bird refuge to water the plants between the railroad tracks and the water? Lots of mornings when I ride my bike by the bird refuge the sprinklers are going full on. I thought we were in a Stage II drought?

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 COMMENT 523165 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-29 10:01 AM

Its recycled water from the treatment plant. Can only be used for irrigation


 COMMENT 523182 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-29 10:39 AM

Reclaimed water


 COMMENT 523184 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-29 10:41 AM

Wrong..the reclaimed water plant is shut down.

From the Independent January 23:

"Santa Barbara’s reclaimed-water system, it turns out, has barely functioned for the past seven years. It’s now being taken offline for major repairs. When that work is completed two years hence, it will replace 1,300 acre-feet of potable water that could more directly meet human needs. In the meantime, that extra demand places additional drain on limited supplies"


 COMMENT 523190 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-29 10:50 AM

Just because its shut down in processsing the water, doesnt mean they dont have some stored, they could have atleast some in tanks. A buddy works for the city in the reclamation plant and when ever we talked about it he gave me the impression it was producing water, maybe not the most it could. But still produced usable water for irrigation


 COMMENT 523201 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-29 11:18 AM

Stored in tanks! That's a good one.

Between the Caltrans median irrigation and the city watering, any reclaimed water they had before the shutdown of the plant is long gone. That is all good potable water they are using now.

Allowing the reclaimed water plant to fall into disrepair is the biggest story no one is reporting on at this time. Whoever allowed it to happen should be fired.


 COMMENT 523208 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-29 11:30 AM

201 - I've been thinking the same thing since I first saw this story. How does something like this sneak up on you? This is the third year of this draught. Someone should be held accountable.


 COMMENT 523347P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-29 01:58 PM

Does anyone know where the water that flows from the pump station on the creek between Cabrilllo and the multi-use beachside path, east of MIssion Creek and the skate park comes from? Treatment plant? Once in a while there's a stream of foamy water running down the concrete channel and into the ocean. It's some kind of water management installation, and it certainly looks gray. Wonder if that water could be diverted for irrigation?


 COMMENT 523360 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-29 02:26 PM

there is a map and information on the City of SB website with details regarding the recycled water program including maps of locations receiving water as well as exactly where pipeline runs fyi


 COMMENT 523371 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-29 02:52 PM

By the responses to your questions, it looks as though you picked a scab and are pouring Sriracha sauce on it.


 COMMENT 523426 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-29 04:42 PM

thanks for looking into this... I owe you one!


 COMMENT 523470 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-29 07:32 PM

They didn't fire the person responsible for the failure of the wastewater treatment plant; they promoted her to Director of Public Works on 3/11/14.

City press release:

"SANTA BARBARA, CA – 3/11/2014


As Public Works Director, she will oversee the City’s largest department with nearly 300 employees and a budget totaling $117 million. The Public Works Department includes the City’s water and wastewater utilities, street maintenance, capital project design and construction, fleet services, downtown parking, and maintenance of over 100 City buildings and facilities.

Ms. Bjork brings 25 years of experience with the City’s Public Works Department to the position. Since 2007, Rebecca has served as the City’s Water Resources Manager responsible for the water and wastewater utilities, which include the operation and maintenance of the Cater Water Treatment Plant and the El Estero Wastewater Treatment Plant."


 COMMENT 523520 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 07:01 AM

City administrator calls the shots, and finance committee advises on funding allocation.


 COMMENT 523523 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 07:14 AM

has anyone looked into the pipe on lower state street that is flushing water into the gutter? This water has been flowing for several years, where is this water coming from? by Hot Shots.


 COMMENT 523612 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 10:12 AM

Oh okay, blame game impression i get is one lone person sitting in a room with a few desks. How many employees actually work there if our water is so important!!! Get on the ball, maybe more concerned people need to act rather than rant! Ask questions of the city where it comes from not edhatters who guess the answers, unless you're trying to start an upset.


 COMMENT 523719 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 01:03 PM

Suprise the Indy gets it wrong again. Reclaim filter is still online and has been producing reclaimed water every day. It will go offline in July. They have two huge storage tanks one at Muny golf course and one at the palnt.


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