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Santa Barbara Reduces Water Use by 15%
updated: Jul 23, 2014, 9:33 AM

Source: City of Santa Barbara


City of Santa Barbara water customers successfully reduced their water usage in June by 15%. This represents a major improvement in the community's efforts to reduce water usage and puts us much closer to our monthly goal of 20%. With concerns about our water supplies, the Santa Barbara City Council declared a Stage 1 drought on Feb 11, 2014, and subsequently a Stage 2 drought on May 20 following the driest consecutive three years on record. Customers have been asked to reduce their water use by 20% citywide, which requires extraordinary conservation during the warm summer irrigation season.

Overall water reduction for the community from March through June has saved 363 acre feet of water, or 7% below a typical demand for that same four month period. The last four months have shown water demand to fluctuate significantly; it is critical that the community achieve and sustain the 20% goal. As such, the City adopted drought water use regulations and water rates that are now in effect. Since nearly half of the water in the community is used outdoors, the summer months offer the greatest opportunity for water savings.

"The Santa Barbara community is on the right track based on the June conservation efforts," said Madeline Ward, Acting Water Conservation Coordinator, "we want to thank all our water customers for their extraordinary water conservation efforts and leading by example for California." The water that is saved today will help the community extend local water supplies further and reduce the need for future cost increases to develop additional water supplies.

The City's Water Conservation Program is available to help everyone save water. The best way to reduce water usage now is to ensure that water is being used efficiently for landscaping and to check for leaks inside and out. For help evaluating water use and conservation opportunities, call (805) 564-5460 to schedule a FREE water checkup or visit www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov/WaterWise

If you see water being wasted in the City, please report it online at www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov/ReportWater to note the date, time, and upload a picture so the City can follow up.


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