Montecito’s Water is Not Like Flint’s Water

The recent headlines from Flint, Michigan concerning high levels of lead in the public water supply has made national news. For many years lead and copper contaminant levels in drinking water supplies were identified by federal and state agencies as a health hazard. These regulatory agencies established water sampling and testing protocols to ensure the safety of drinking water. In Flint, the ... read more

December Billing Adjustments

Due to the holiday meter reading schedule, the December billing cycle was 35 days versus an average 30 day period. In recognition of the extended meter read period, the District Board of Directors voted in December to authorize pro-rata billing adjustments to customers that incur resulting penalty charges.

MWD staff has completed an analysis of the December billing statements to customers ... read more

Montecito Water District Appoints New General Manager

Nicholas Turner (above) has been selected as the General Manager of Montecito Water District effective February 2, 2016 to replace General Manager Tom Mosby who recently announced his retirement. On December 14, 2015, the Montecito Water District Board of Directors selected Nicholas Turner as General Manager of the District effective February 2, 2016.

Mr. Turner brings more than 15 years ... read more

On The Waterfront: Successfully Creating a Pathway Through the Drought

Everyone knows this drought has been bad, but the numbers are astonishing: four straight years of rainfall in Montecito averaging only about half of normal; the lowest four year total recorded by the District since records began in 1930; less than 16% of available water supply in both Jameson Lake and Lake Cachuma with no Cachuma Project water allocation in 2015 for the first time in its history; ... read more

On The Waterfront: District and City Moving Forward with Desalination Talks

The District is pleased to report that the City of Santa Barbara is moving forward with formal negotiations with Montecito on the use of its desalination facility. Having received support from State regulators for the regional use of the Santa Barbara desalination plant, the City Council recently voted unanimously to open negotiations with the District to participate in it.

The City expressed ... read more

On The Waterfront: District Reports Good Water Supply News on Several Fronts

Montecito Water District has succeeded on multiple fronts to maintain water supplies during this exceptional drought and begun developing a permanently reliable long-term water supply. There is good news to report, including: a breakthrough in progress on developing desalinated water; a recent purchase of supplemental water that extends our water supply through two more dry winters if necessary; ... read more

Alert the District if You Have a Medical Need Requiring Extra Precautions Be Taken Before Your Water May Be Shut Off.

District customer service technicians turn off customers’ water at the meter if we identify an on-going loss of water and the customer cannot be reached. This is done to save water and protect property.

If the customer cannot be reached by phone, a door-hanger is left at the site, as well as phone messages on all numbers in District records. Service personnel are always on call and ... read more

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