Goleta Water District drops drought surcharge

Customers will see change starting May 1

GOLETA, Calif. - The Goleta Water District Board of Directors has agreed to drop a drought surcharge because of the recent wet winter and solid water supplies.

Customers will see the change starting with the billing cycle in May.

Surface water supplies from Lake Cachuma are at 80 percent of capacity, restoring confidence in the water supplies available to the district.

The Stage 3 water shortage emergency rules have been backed down to Stage 1.

Conservation is still encouraged and voluntary but restrictions on watering days and times have been lifted.

Leaks must still be fixed within 24 hours. 

The district says, state prohibitions on water waste are now permanent, and the following are prohibited state-wide:

  • Potable water may not be used to wash down sidewalks and driveways.
  • Runoff caused by irrigation is prohibited.
  • Vehicles must be washed using a hose with a shutoff nozzle.
  • Decorative water features must use recirculated water.
  • Outdoor irrigation is prohibited during and within 48 hours following measurable rainfall.

For more information go to the Goleta Water District's website.

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