Montecito Water and Sanitary Districts Team Up

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Source: Montecito Water District

Strategic Planning Committee members from Montecito Water District (MWD) and Montecito Sanitary District (MSD) held their fourth Joint Committee meeting this year, focusing on Recycled Water. The agencies have joined forces in pursuit of innovative ways to improve water supply. General Managers Nick Turner (MWD) and Bradley Rahrer (MSD) presented progress to MWD Directors Ken Coates and Brian Goebel and MSD Directors Dorinne Johnson and Woody Barrett.

Together the two agencies have moved forward by defining and agreeing to cost-sharing on a project that will analyze four distinct approaches to achieve and optimize reuse of treated wastewater for the benefit of Montecito and Summerland. This combined effort will take the Recycled Water Facilities Plan completed by MWD in 2019 to the next level, with MSD assisting on pursuit of grant funding as applicable. The project focuses on potable reuse alternatives and will also consider local and regional partnerships with neighboring agencies in Summerland, Carpinteria and the City of Santa Barbara.

“Everybody wants recycling,” said Woody Barrett, MSD Board member. “…We’re on the 10-yard line is the way I look at it. This is exciting. Both Boards appreciate all the work the staff at both Districts are doing because this is a big undertaking.”

Recycled water is a critical water supply for California and a key resource for diversifying local supplies and improving long-term water resilience. Drought recurrence is reinforcing the need and urgency for the two agencies to identify the best method of maximizing water reuse capabilities in order to produce a new local drought-proof water supply for the community and reduce the discharge of treated wastewater to the ocean.

The Joint Strategic Planning Committee is scheduled to meet the first Tuesday of every month at 9:30 a.m. Please check the web site or to confirm meeting times as they are subject to change. Meetings may be accessed remotely and the public is encouraged to attend.

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Montecito Water District General Manager Nick Turner and Montecito Sanitary District General Manager Bradley Rahrer coordinate efforts of their respective agencies in pursuit of Recycled Water at a Joint Strategic Planning Committee meeting held 9-30-2021.
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a-1634492577 Oct 17, 2021 10:42 AM
Montecito Water and Sanitary Districts Team Up

LUV, the Flume device is consumer connected. Basically strap it on the outside of the meter and orient it toward your home where you have a receiver (supplied with the kit) to get the signals. The date are then available on an app and theorectically on Flume Portal on your PC. Not sure if county residents get a rebate. Go to the Flume site for more info.

David0593 Oct 17, 2021 06:13 AM
Montecito Water and Sanitary Districts Team Up

Why don’t they educate people about their water bill. How many people know what an HCF is.
Plain English water bill in gallons would let the average citizen know how much water they are using.
How about sending out an email when someone uses more than 30% more water than last year?
Many water leaks go unnoticed because people don’t look at their bill. With smart meters they could monitor peoples water usage and notify them of leaks or abuse almost immediately. A simple computer program could be used with a human to call people.
A running toilet or leaking water bib could use 43,200 gallons in a month at a gallon a minute. The average household uses 200 gallons a day or 6,000 gallons a month.
If the water companies were really interested in conservation they COULD be proactive. They have the data and could create a volunteer outreach program. Has anyone ever been contacted by the water company letting them know their water usage is out of line with the norm?

a-1634488017 Oct 17, 2021 09:26 AM
Montecito Water and Sanitary Districts Team Up

David, you can buy a water meter monitor from Flume which reports the things you describe. It is strapped on to your meter and connects by wifi. The City of SB has a rebate so that the costs to the customer is less than $100. We love ours and it has actually detected unknown water disasters (our hot water heater started leaking badly but draining into a sink so we did not know it) as well as gopher or rat chewed holes in our drip system that were "irrigating" unnecessarily.

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