Santa Barbara City Council declares a Stage Three Drought Condition

City-of-Santa-Barbara-logoOn May 5, 2015, the Santa Barbara City Council declared a Stage Three Drought Condition in response to the driest consecutive four years on record. The Stage Three Drought Condition requires a 25% Citywide reduction in overall water use, with mandatory regulations on specific water use applications. These regulations apply to all customers using City of Santa Barbara water and are summarized below. Thank you for taking action, we are all in this together.


Outdoor Water Use Regulations are Summarized as Follows:

  • Hoses must be equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • Irrigation with potable water is only allowed between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. If manually operated, such irrigation is allowed only between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  • Irrigation with potable water that causes runoff onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or parking structures is prohibited. Any excessive, unnecessary or unwarranted use of water is prohibited. All leaks must be repaired as soon as reasonably possible.
  • Irrigation during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall is prohibited.
  • Washing of pavement and other hard surfaces is generally prohibited. Exception: preventive maintenance of buildings and other facilities if accomplished by means of a pressure washer and when it is the only feasible means of correcting a potential threat to health and safety, provided it is accomplished by use of a pressure washer, mop, bucket, or brush. For more information on pressure washing refer to the resolution.
  • Vehicles and boats washed by hose must have a shut-off nozzle or washed at commercial facilities that recycle the water.
  • The use of potable water in all non-recirculating ornamental water features and fountains is prohibited. Recirculating fountains with a water surface area greater than 25 ft2 are prohibited unless located indoors, on residential property, or are home to aquatic life.
  • Pools and spas must be equipped with a cover when not in use. Pool cover rebates available. No draining or refilling of pools by more than one third, unless authorized.

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