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Water Shortage Emergency

Thursday, September 15, 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:

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: and

Emerging state-wide issues related to local involvement in the State Water Project also warrant monitoring.  For a study that looks at the effect of the Twin Tunnels Project on South Coast communities, we recommend the California Water Impact Network's report "The Unaffordable and Unsustainable Twin Tunnels: Why the Santa Barbara Experience Matters."