SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

The Montecito Water District held a special meeting on Thursday to get an agreement on purchasing some much-needed water for the city.

"Right now we are actively trying to buy water, that's our job. But we are also competing with other districts throughout the state," said Darlene Bierig, president of the Montecito Water District.

Montecito and Santa Barbara are placing a joint bid in hopes to purchase the water being sold by Madera.

Just last month the city issued a mandatory water reduction cutting residence water use by 30 percent.

"It's a very scary time right now. I don't fully think the public knows how bad the situation is. Its not only in Montecito but it is a statewide regional drought," said Bierig.