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WATCH: Santa Barbara Middle School Recognized as 2021 City of Santa Barbara Water Hero

January 10, 2022 

Santa Barbara Middle School is proud to receive the Water Hero Award for their commitment to sustainability and achievements in saving water on campus. Over the past several years, they have embarked on projects to fine-tune watering schedules, upgraded landscape areas to water wise plants, constructed rain catchment basins, and retrofitted plumbing inside to high-efficiency fixtures. These efforts have resulted in water savings of 26% on the water meter that serves the building and upper landscaping and savings of 39% on the meter that serves the majority of the landscaping.

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Real-Time Rainfall and Reservoir Information Available

January 10, 2022 

December storms were a positive start to the rainy season but we’ll need more to fill Cachuma, which has not filled in 11 years. The much smaller Gibraltar reservoir fills most years and is an important supply for peak summer water usage. Do you love tracking rainfall and reservoir levels as much as we do? If so, check out the County’s data.

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Wipes Clog Pipes

January 3, 2022 

Many household cleaning products are labeled both disposable and flushable. While these products are convenient, they can lead to costly sewer blockages in homes, businesses, and wastewater systems. Unlike toilet paper, these products don't break down when flushed. Protect your plumbing and the environment by only flushing the 3 Ps: pee, poo, and paper. Everything else such as wipes and paper towels belong in the trash.

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City Named Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly Community

December 20, 2021 

The League of American Bicyclists awarded the City’s efforts to build better places to bike with a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award. Santa Barbara joins 497 communities across the country in the movement for safer streets and better bicycling for everyone. The Silver Level BFC award recognizes the City's commitment to improving conditions for all people who bike through investments in bike infrastructure, active transportation policies, education programs, and bike events to encourage biking as a healthy and sustainable transportation option.

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City Sandbag Stations Open Ahead of Storm

December 14, 2021 

Due to the impending storm, the City will make sandbags available to residents for free from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, December 13, at the City's Sandbag Station, 401 E. Yanonali St., and at Fire Station 7, located at 2411 Stanwood Drive. Remember to bring your own gloves and shovels. Be prepared to fill the bags you need. When filling sandbags, remember to only fill them half way, so they are not too heavy to lift and will stack properly. You may take 20 sandbags per trip. Residents are reminded that the City Sandbag Distribution Policy is designed to assist in the protection of private property only during storm emergency conditions.

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City Recognized as Nationwide Leader for Water Conservation Program

December 6, 2021 

The Alliance for Water Efficiency has recognized the City with platinum status for their G480-20 standard, a nationwide standard for critical elements of an effective water conservation program. Santa Barbara’s long-term commitment to water conservation is evident in reductions in water demand achieved over the past 30 years: community water use has decreased to the same level it was in the 1950s, despite the population more than doubling since that time. We have our community to thank for making water conservation a Santa Barbara way of life.

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Last Updated: May 16, 2014
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