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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. An existing 1979 agreement between the City and LMWC 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, LMWC shareholders voted to connect to the City's water system. City staff presented the preferred path of the LMWC shareholders to the Water Commission on February 18, 2021 who agreed with the recommendation to connect LMWC to the City's system. On March 23, 2021 City Council voted to enact the option to assume ownership of Lincolnwood’s water system and connect the Lincolnwood neighborhood to the City water system.

What's Next?
City staff is currently working with LMWC representatives on the legal transfer of water system assets. The City will install City water meters for each property within the Lincolnwood neighborhood. Then, LMWC water pipes will be connected to the City’s water system. Once connected to the water system, property owners will start receiving water charges on their City utility bills. Property owners/tenants will be notified when it is their turn to have a new City water meter installed. The City anticipates the neighborhood to be connected to the City’s water system by summer 2022.

Project Background
City staff and the Lincolnwood Mutual Water Company Board President prepared a detailed Q&A document for the project. Additionally, the City and the LMWC Board President hosted an informational session for LMWC shareholders on November 12, 2020.

Read the Project Q&A

Watch the Information Session Recording


Contact Us

If you have any questions on this project, please contact:
Lincolnwood@SantaBarbaraCA.gov
or
City of Santa Barbara Water Supply
ATTN Lincolnwood
P.O. Box 1990 Santa Barbara, CA 93102

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 Lincolnwood@SantaBarbaraCA.gov

Information Session Recording: https://youtu.be/RR81Q6XNZjU

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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 Lincolnwood@SantaBarbaraCA.gov 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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Project Documents

Last Updated: Apr 6, 2022
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