New Drought Regulations for the City of Santa Barbara
Lawn Watering Ban
The lawn watering ban will take effect January 1, 2017. Reducing lawn watering is the single biggest step the community can take now to make a significant impact on reducing water use and preventing severe peak water shortages in summer 2017. In the last year, City water customers have reduced water use by 35 percent and with the lawn watering ban, customers can extend that achievement to 40 percent, which will be enough to overcome projected peak water shortages. More information on the drought, water suppies, and regulations can be found at www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov/Drought.
Suspension on Issuance of Potable Hydrant Meters
Due to the severe drought, Public Works permits for potable fire hydrant meters (often used for dust control and compaction) will no longer be issued. Applicants shall be directed to apply for a recycled water truck meter and use available recycled water filling stations located throughout the City. More information on the recycled water system can be found at www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov/RecycledWater.