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Lincolnwood's Water Supply Future

Why This Project?

One of Lincolnwood Mutual Water Company's (LMWC) two wells has failed due to nitrate contamination.  LMWC has received a letter from County Department of Public Health urging LMWC to secure a backup supply.  Before LMWC shareholders make an investment in drilling a new well, the City is considering enacting an existing agreement from 1979, which provides the City with the option to assume ownership of Lincolnwood’s water system and infrastructure, and have the Lincolnwood neighborhood become City water customers. After over a year of discussions between the City and LMWC representatives, two viable paths forward have emerged that LMWC shareholders need to weigh in on. The preferred path of the LMWC shareholders will be brought forward to the Water Commission and ultimately the City Council. City Council will make the final decision on which path to take.

Potential Paths Forward
Numerous meetings spanning over more than a year have taken place between City staff and LMWC representatives which have resulted in two potential paths forward for LMWC shareholders. Those paths are:

1. Enact the existing 1979 agreement that would have the Lincolnwood community become City water customers. All fees to connect to the City's water system would be waived. Each Lincolnwood resident would receive monthly water bills from the City, which include volumetric charges for water use, rather than one flat charge. 

2. Enact a new agreement that would allow LMWC to continue to operate under new terms that would bring them into compliance with current water supply management and conservation best management practices. The term sheet for this agreement was created in collaboration between City staff and LMWC representatives. Under this agreement, LMWC would be responsible for drilling a new well, per County Health’s direction, installing new water meters, billing residents volumetrically for water usage, and abiding by groundwater pumping limitations which would align LMWC water usage with the usage of City water customers.

An informational session for LMWC shareholders was hosted by the City and the LMWC Board President on November 12, 2020 from 6pm – 7:30pm using the GoToWebinar platform. A link to a recording of the information session is below.

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What's Happening?

Lincolnwood Mutual Water Company Information Session Recording Available

November 17, 2020 

Water Resources staff and the Lincolnwood Mutual Water Company (LMWC) Board President held an information session on November 12th to update the LMWC shareholders on the potential paths forward for the LMWC. During this information session, City staff and the LMWC Board President presented information on the potential paths forward, and LMWC shareholders were able to ask questions. If you missed the information session, you may view the recording at the link provided below. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at

Information Session Recording:

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Lincolnwood Information Session on Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.

October 27, 2020 

An information session hosted by the City and the Lincolnwood Mutual Water Company (LMWC) Board President for LMWC shareholders is currently scheduled for Thursday, November 12th at 6 p.m. utilizing the GoToWebinar platform. Register now for the information session and browse the Lincolnwood project webpage for detailed information on the potential paths forward for the LMWC. The web-based virtual information session will allow LMWC shareholders to participate by phone or online. The information session will be recorded. Those who are not able to join the webinar live may watch the recording online at their convenience.

If shareholders have any questions they would like addressed in the presentation during the information session, please submit questions to by 8 a.m. on Monday, November 9th. Shareholders may also submit questions during the information session. If shareholders prefer to mail in their questions, please use the mailing address provided below.

City of Santa Barbara Water Supply
ATTN Lincolnwood
P.O. Box 1990
Santa Barbara, CA 93102

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Last Updated: Nov 12, 2020
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