To meet rigorous quality standards,
testing is carried out daily, monthly, quarterly, and annually.
Test results are compared to Federal
and State water standards, every day, around the clock.
Our laboratory testing staff consists of State
certified technicians. Independent laboratories confirm local test data.
Meets all state and federal drinking
water quality standards
|Vital Water Information for Customers of
Montecito Water District - Spring 1999
Water Passes the Test Again
|Annual Water Quality Checkup
Source water, first-rate treatment and intensive testing assure quality. Water quality
begins with the source. Montecito takes its water from the State Water Project, Lake
Cachuma, Jameson Lake, Fox and Alder Creeks, as well as from the local groundwater.
Montecito's drinking water receives
quality treatment in several facilities on their way to District customers. Water drawn from Lake Cachuma runs first through Cater Treatment
Plant. Supplies from Montecito's Jameson Lake, or Fox and Alder Creeks, pass through the
District's own Doulton Treatment Plant or the new Bella Vista Treatment Plant. The
District's standby water wells also have their own filtration capabilities.
Thus, all water that reaches District customers receives approved treatment from modern,
scientifically monitored facilities
Covering Ortega Reservoir
The District's Ortega Reservoir, built in
the 1950's, is an open facility, meaning that the water contained in it is exposed to the
air. New reservoirs are required to have covers to protect the water from the effects of
birds, animals, windblown debris and even possible vandalism.
A special quality control activity is maintained at Ortega to safeguard against potential
quality problems. This program will remain in place until the reservoir can be covered:
- Increased testing for bacteria
- Daily inspections to look for debris and birds
- A $250,000 project to improve circulation of the water
- New chlorination equipment and use of additional chlorine
- Annual draining and cleaning.
The program was developed in consulation with the State Department of
Health Services to assure high quality water.