Santa Barbara invites all water customers to help shape Santa Barbara's Water Vision by participating in the activities below through October 2020:
We've created several short educational videos to help you understand how water planning works and the challenges facing our water supply.
Learn About Water Supply Planning
The videos below break down the complex water supply planning process into simple, digestible, terms.
Learn about Santa Barbara's Water Supply Sources
These videos share a bit more about specific water supply sources, including the State Water Project, Lake Cachuma, Gibraltar Reservoir, and Ocean Desalination.
Join the virtual community ideas wall to share your perspective, values, and ideas. Your input will help inform Santa Barbara's Water Vision.
During the week of October 5, the City will offer daily, 45-minute Lunch and Learns on a range of water related topics. Each includes education content and time for Q&A. All sessions will be offered in English and Spanish, and recordings will published following the live sessions.
HOW DO I JOIN A LUNCH AND LEARN SESSION? Registration is required to attend. Any time before the Lunch and Learn start time, click the link to “get Zoom Access Details” next to the session title any time prior to the session start; complete the registration form, and watch for access details sent to the email address provided.
Held Monday, Oct. 5 • 12:00pm-12:45pm
Learn more about the programs that make up the City's Conservation Strategic Plan. Topics include how/why the programs were selected, the benefits the programs offer to the City's water supply, and more.
Held Tuesday, Oct. 6 • 12:00pm-12:45pm
Santa Barbara has one of the most diverse water supplies in the country—with 6 sources serving all of our community’s water needs. Learn about the different water sources that serve our community, the give and take of future supply planning, and to get your top water supply questions answered by City staff.
Held Wednesday, Oct. 7 • 12:00pm-12:45pm
Learn the basics of what goes into setting our community’s water rates, including key incentives for water efficiency and conservation. City staff answer some of our community's top questions and share future opportunities to get involved in the City’s water rate decisions.
Thursday, Oct. 8 • 12:00pm-12:45pm
Santa Barbara’s diverse water supply is a key factor in ensuring the continued resilience and reliability of water to our community—even as the City faces unprecedented shocks and stresses. Learn the key methods the City is incorporating into its Water Vision plan to optimize the continued resilience and reliability of our water supply while retaining its commitment to affordability and environmental health. Topics include the role of desalination, conservation, water loss control, potable reuse, and groundwater banking/storage.
Friday, Oct. 9 • 12:00pm-1:00pm
Join at any time to get your top water and conservation-related questions answered by a panel of City staff. Share your ideas or concerns, and further inform Water Vision Santa Barbara. Zoom Meeting access details will be emailed to you following registration to protect the security of the virtual meeting.
Additionally, join us for virtual gardening classes in October: Graywater 101 and Water Wise Landscape Maintenance 101. Click here to learn more and register.