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Water Restrictions
updated: Aug 01, 2014, 8:11 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Why is the Santa Barbara community golf course watering midmorning when everyone else is under the restrictions of the city? Is the city under special programs?

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 COMMENT 541466 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 08:21 PM

I don't believe we're under a "no watering" mandate just yet. The restrictions on watering lawns and the like are not quite as draconian as that. It's very possible they are watering half as much as they used to or less even.

 

 GRITZ agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 08:24 PM

well, here is a link to who uses reclaimed water. Seems the golf course does.

http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/civicax/filebank/blobdload.asp
x?BlobID=19755

it was a simple google search to find this info

 

 COMMENT 541469 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 08:33 PM

The reclaimed water being used is from Cachuma.

And to the OP, why not ask the golf course, of course.

And stop calling me Shirley.

 

 BARRELRIDER@59 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 07:16 AM

Grey water and they have substantially reduced the use of even the grey water which is why the fairways are brown. In this case, the city is being very responsible.

 

 COMMENT 541492P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 07:38 AM

There is no reclaimed water in Santa Barbara now. The system's repairs won't be completed for more than a year.

 

 COMMENT 541493 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 07:38 AM

FYI 466 - per the Mat 20th stage 2 Drought declaration:

Irrigation is limited to evening and early morning hours between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. If manually operated, such irrigation is allowed only between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:30 a.m.

1st Violation: Door hanger and Warning letter

2nd Violation: $250 fine per violation

3rd Violation: $250 fine per violation and possible flow restrictor

4th and Subsequent Violation: $250 fine per violation, possible flow restrictor or shut off water service.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 07:40 AM

Intresting no reclaimed water...?

 

 COMMENT 541497 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 07:48 AM

FYI - this is from the stage 2 drought declaration:

Irrigation is limited to evening and early morning hours between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. If manually operated, such irrigation is allowed only between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:30 a.m.

You can be warned then fined for violations.

 

 COMMENT 541503P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 08:30 AM

Somebody needs to warn CalTrans, then; the sprinklers were running on the landscape at the Milpas overpass at 11:20 yesterday morning (Fri), misting the air and sidewalk. Also passed a home in the 100 block of Gutierrez the day before around 5:30 where a guy was watering the the lawn - after washing down the driveway and the sidewalk. The gray water system was negligently allowed to fall into disrepair and won't be back online for months. Council? Excuses? Clearly, the message about late/early watering and no washing of concrete hasn't got through, or else way too many "it's not my problem" selfish individualists and "I was only following orders" goofballs to survive a protracted drought. Tragedy of the commons. Time for warning patrols while they'll do some good.

 

 COMMENT 541505 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 08:35 AM

The reclaim system is under repair for the next two year, and the city is using potable water in it's place. The city is more interested in the revenue than saving water with their golf course. The rules are not for them but every body else.

 

 COMMENT 541510 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 08:57 AM

505 this is a drop in the bucket compared to new housing! Notice the new building in Goleta and near SandPiper Golf Course and else where in SB/Goleta. Watering our lawns is not the problem. It's so weird people don't get the bigger picture. We have more of a people problem then a water problem.

 

 COMMENT 541513 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 09:01 AM

Does the city really know how bad the water issue is, ? I doubt it with continuation of site development and building density, they are only worried about if you have filled out the form correctly and checked all the insignificant boxes.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 09:03 AM

Do as I say not as I do then theres Building..

 

 COMMENT 541517 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 09:08 AM

We keep allowing people with no credentials run our town.
Being a politician is just not good enough...we need to start electing people that possess some genius.
Could any of our last 4 mayors change a tire? Shouldn't our leaders be the best of us?

 

 COMMENT 541520 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 09:37 AM

They use their own recycled water for 90% of their watering, according to a sign in the golf carts...

 

 COMMENT 541521 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 09:40 AM

Are our mayors supposed to change tires?

 

 COMMENT 541524 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 09:53 AM

1497... Thank you for supporting my point. There aren't any "no watering" restrictions in place. One can water, it's a question of when due to evaporation and runoff.

 

 COMMENT 541529 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 10:05 AM

People with no vest or buy in interest with Santa Barbara are now making long term decisions that affect the quality of our life here in SB is not in our best interest . Where is Pearl Chase when you need her,? Or is everybody to new in SB that they don't know who she was?

 

 COMMENT 541533 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 10:11 AM

Community golf course stores its reclaimed water and uses that. They only water the greens, nothing else.

 

 COMMENT 541541 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 10:36 AM

Yes, they should know how to change a tire!

 

 COMMENT 541547 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 10:54 AM

Pie. The only thing they need to do to keep the muni golf course watered is to serve everyone pie. The mouth-watering pies at Mulligan's Café are so good you can't help from droooooooling allllll over the place. Voila!

 

 COMMENT 541548P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 10:54 AM

The diminishing rainfall and river flows, along with massive over-building in the sunny southwest - listening, Goleta? - are putting the whole region in jeopardy. Too many jurisdictions have acted for local short-term gains without thinking of the big picture, long-term. Places like Vegas, Phoenix, Palm Springs, and lots of contrived Southern California communities are unsustainable anachronistic dreams from a bygone era. It's time to stop crazy additional development and planting irrigation-dependent crops in a desert that's drying up. The next Dust Bowl could be the Central Valley and farmers would have to migrate a few states east. Until the climate cycles the other way - if it does - cut-backs and conservation are essential.

 

 COMMENT 541556 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 11:09 AM

503 says The gray water system was negligently allowed to fall into disrepair and won't be back online for months. Council? Excuses?

Ignorance is not a good thing. First off it is Reclaimed water from sewage. Second the Water Dept makes the decisions not council they just hear about it and let the managers make the tough decisions.

When dealing with the high costs of water and waste water in the 10 to 100's of millions decisions are made on decades long timelines. The City is being pro active and getting ready for new ridiculous permits that are coming in the next few years. The city was not negligent, it used the filter until it was no longer feasible and the money for the new filter could be saved.

If you with your brilliance would have gone to Council meetings 5 years ago and let them know we were going to have 3 of the driest winters in the last100 years maybe they would have changed plans.

 

 COMMENT 541557 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 11:17 AM

Where does the golf course get its recycled water from, their waterless urinals? Using their own reclaimed water is a joke at best. Doesn't anybody get the big picture here and understand how bad it is, or is it going to take a complete melt down for people to wake up.

 

 COMMENT 541562 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 11:26 AM

I for one do not care if all of the obscene over-building in Goleta was approved pre-drought. It needs to stop now! The intersection at Costco is horrifying right now.. Imagine when that 'Urban Village' monstrosity opens. STOP THE MADNESS!

 

 COMMENT 541563 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 11:30 AM

What intersection? Storke & Hollister? What's bad about that intersection, if you don't mind me asking? I use it several times a week and haven't noticed anything bad. Traffic tends to move pretty smoothly for such a heavily trafficked intersection.

Or is it just the amount of traffic that you object to? In which case, go buy a cabin in the woods or something.

 

 COMMENT 541624P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 04:15 PM

Anyone else been reading about Lake Mead, as just one example? Again, we're going to hell in a handbasket. Isn't the city council responsible for overseeing city administration? The reclaimed water situation is unforgivable. But I'm an extremist. Make lawns illegal. I want to support public green, but would rather water city trees and have some small parks with grass. So let the golf greens die too. It will have to happen.

Typical news: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/26/
lake-mead-falling-in-sign-of-drought/13079009/

More detailed and much scarier: (groundwater is going away too)
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/07/30/groundwater-depletion-in-colorado-river-basin-adds-big-risks-to-water-security/

Wonder if we'll finally lessen our political battles and rhetoric when it comes to survival rather than ideology?

 

 COMMENT 541661 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 05:58 PM

Again Edhaters posting like they know when they don't. Normally the golf course uses mostly recycled water delivered by the City facility. They water the greens exclusively with potable drinking water all the time. Today the Recycled facility is under construction and will not be operational for a year. Until then all the water irrigating the course is potable drinking water primarily from Cachuma. The golf course by itself uses 1/4 of the total capacity of the Recycled facility. It uses as much water as all the City parks combined.

 

 COMMENT 541688 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 08:03 PM

Watch the movie Rango.

 

 COMMENT 542320 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-05 10:53 AM

If they have those signs in their golf carts, they should take them out. No way that course generates enough wastewater to reclaim any of it for watering.

Not sure what the solution is if government is too inept to run an organization but private firms are too corrupt to do it.

 

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