The City Council created a City Water Commission headed by Eugene Sheffield in 1900 to administer water services. Since that time, the City has constructed and operated Gibraltar Dam and Mission Tunnel; is a major user of water from Lake Cachuma; has drilled and operates a number of water wells and treatment plants; has constructed a recycled water system and desalination facility; participates in the State Water Project, operates a comprehensive water conservation program; and has constructed and operates an extensive wastewater collection, treatment, and ocean-discharge system. The City's diverse water supply system reflects the potential for periodic extended drought conditions in Santa Barbara.
The Water Resources Division is responsible for managing the City’s water supply, and operating and maintaining the water and wastewater systems.
Advise the City Council regarding the following:
|Qualifications||Must be qualified electors of the City|
|Length of Term||Four years and until successors are appointed and qualified. Staggered terms expire on December 31 of the appropriate year.|
|Meeting Schedule||The Commission meets on the second Monday of each month at 3:00 p.m. in the Water Resources Conference Room which is located on the third floor of 619 Garden Street.|
|Time Involved||Approximately 4 hours per month for meetings and related activities|
|Financial Disclosure Requirement||Members must file a Statement of Economic Interests upon appointment, annually and when leaving the advisory group.|
|Staff||Water Resources Division, Public Works Department, (805) 564-5393|
|Reference||City Charter Sections 800 - 805, and 813; Municipal Code Sections 2.08.020.K and 14.06.010; Resolution No. 95-158|