Drought Stories

Local Golf Courses Conserving Water During Drought

 As California endures a historic drought, the lack of water continues is a major…

Safe and Sane Concern Amid High Fire Danger

Local non-profits selling legal fireworks in select locations.

Orcutt Residents Fear Fireworks May Spark New Fires

Orcutt Residents say they're already hearing fireworks, day before the 4th of July.

Elderly Couple Survives Park Hill Fire Yards Away from Home

park hill couple defies evacuation orders

As winds blew the flames closer to the Richards' home on Earthstar Place,…

Nipomo Supplemental Water About to Flow

NCSD rates going up as additional water from Santa Maria begins July 1.

Burn Ban Issued Due To Hot Drought Conditions

Firefighters issue ban before summer solstice celebration

While thousands of people enjoy the summer solstice celebration, firefighters are…

Golden State Water Customers Face Steep, Immediate Cuts

Company says state orders 32-36% cutback starting June 1.

Lompoc Restaurant Using Air To Save Water

The popular Sissy’s Uptown Café is saving water by using an air compressor to help…

Desalination Plant To Cost $55 Million To Restart

Desalination To Cost 55 Million

The desalination plant will cost $55 million to restart, which is more than the…

Santa Barbara Far Exceeds Water Conservation Goal For Month Of May

People living in the city of Santa Barbara cut back on their water usage by 37…

Santa Barbara City Council Votes to Move Forward With Desalination Plant

The Santa Barbara City Council voted to move forward with the desalination plant in…

Concerns Over Proposed Avila Beach RV Campsite Continue To Grow

Neighbors want to know where water for the Avila Beach RV campsite will come from.

Drought Slideshows

Slideshow: Montecito Union School Gets Mulch Makeover

There's a crunchy new addition in the Montecito Union School's front yard.

Slideshow: 100-Foot Tall Landmark Tree Cut Down

A landmark tree in Santa Barbara is being cut down after 115 years.

Slideshow: Oak Park Pool Water Pumping

Since it's the end of the swimming season, the pool needed to be emptied. But…

Slideshow: Drought-Tolerant Landscape Cuts Back On Water Use

Up to 50 percent of all water use in Santa Barbara is used on landscaping. If…

Slideshow: Ventura Riverbed Fire Stopped at 20 Acres

Crews on scene have gained control of a fire in Ventura county that's burned at…

Slideshow: Goleta Home Fully Engulfed in Flames

Santa Barbara County and City fire crews are working to put out a house fire in…

Drought Videos

Firefighters issue ban before summer solstice celebration

Firefighters issue ban before summer solstice celebration

solstice party coincides with burn ban

waterwise workshops for free

waterwise workshops for free

Lompoc , Solvang , Santa Maria, Santa Barbara workshops to help you stay waterwise…

Swimming pools spared from new drought restrictions

Swimming pools spared from new drought restrictions

Council instead voted to increase drought emergency from stage two to three

Fawns struggling in drought

Fawns struggling in drought

The Animal Rescue Team caring for two fawns

Santa Barbara Prepares For Stage Three Drought Restrictions

Santa Barbara Prepares For Stage Three Drought Restrictions

water woes continue as weather brings heat , not rain

State Water Usage in Decline

The State Water Board says California just met Gov. Jerry Brown's challenge to cut…

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