is water treated?
Alum and other chemicals are added to water to form
tiny sticky particles called "floc" which
attract the dirt particles.
The heavy particles (floc) settle to the bottom and
clear water moves to filtration.
The water passes through filters that help to remove
A small amount of chlorine is added to kill any
bacteria or microorganisms that may be in the water.
Water is placed in a closed tank or reservoir where it
flows through pipes to homes and businesses in the
The Montecito Water District treats
its water from Lake Cachuma at the City of Santa
Barbara's Cater Treatment Plant and treats the water
from Jameson Lake at the Bella Vista Treatment
Plant. The potable water is stored in ten
reservoirs within the Montecito area, and range in
capacity from .77 acre feet to
acre feet or 251,600
gallons to 2.3 million