On May 20, 2014, the Santa Barbara City Council declared a Stage Two Drought Condition in response to the driest consecutive three years on record, triggering drought related water use regulations. Click here to read the full language of the Stage Two Drought Water Use Regulations.
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Waste: "Waste" means any excessive, unnecessary or unwarranted use of water, including but not limited to any use which causes unnecessary runoff beyond the boundaries of any property as served by its meter and any failure to repair as soon as reasonably possible any leak or rupture in any water pipes, faucets, valves, plumbing fixtures or other water service appliances.
Prohibition Against Waste of Water. It shall be a violation of this Chapter for any consumer or account holder to waste any water obtained from or through the distribution facilities of the City.
Wasting Water - Repairs - Required. Each and every consumer shall maintain in good order all his water pipes, faucets, valves, plumbing fixtures or any other appliances, at all times, to prevent waste of water.
A. Any failure to comply with a provision of this Chapter shall constitute a violation of this Code, regardless of whether the failure to comply is caused by an account holder, a consumer or any other person or entity.
B. Where the failure to comply with this Chapter is continuing and reasonably preventable by the person or entity failing to comply, each successive hour of such failure to comply shall be a separate and distinct violation.
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.