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City Of Santa Barbara Asks For Reduction In Landscape Water

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City Of Santa Barbara Asks For Reduction In Landscape Water

SANTA BARBARA, CA - 2/13/2014

A Stage One Drought was declared by the Santa Barbara City Council on February 11, 2014.  The City is asking residents and businesses to reduce water use by 20%. Current usage is 10% above normal water usage due to the dry winter and increased landscape water use. Water customers currently watering their garden are encouraged to reduce more than 20%.

Right now the best way to save water is to reduce landscape water use as much as possible and check for leaks. Due to recent rain, everyone's sprinkler timer should be off for at least 10 days after it rains or until soil dries out.  Also, make sure your toilets are not leaking, often silently, and look for drips - faucets, fixtures, hoses and plumbing in kitchens, bathrooms, and appliances.

About 50% of water used in the City goes to landscape watering and this area has the biggest potential for water savings. For comparison, an average 5 minute shower uses 10 gallons total, while watering an average lawn for 15 minutes uses 700 gallons!

The City is asking businesses and residents to reduce landscape water use now by:

  • Making sure sprinkler systems are not overwatering or spraying onto the driveway or street. Observe irrigation in use - look for broken sprinkler heads, missing emitters, cut drip lines, and saturated areas;
  • Then turn down your watering using the watering percent adjust at Currently all sprinkler timers should be set at "rain off."

We are all in this together. To schedule a free water checkup at your home or business, call 564-5460.  

Watch the City's Stage One Drought Video

For more information, visit

Alison Jordan, Water Conservation Supervisor
Phone: 805-564-5574

Last Updated: Feb 24, 2015
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