a few months ago, Montecito Water District kicked off a major upgrade of its water
A number of the projects are already completed, many more are under construction or
planned for the future.
The urgently needed water system improvements are financed by the $13.5 million bond
borrowing completed last summer. New water mains and other upgrades will replace
facilities that were old, undersized or actually failing _ improving fire protection,
customer service, and saving water.
|Vital Water Information for Customers of
Montecito Water District
Water Availability Charge Funds Improvements.
|New Facilities Coming On-Line
replacing a worn section of pipeline
|Successful 3-Part Strategy
In recent years, Montecito Water District has embarked on a series of strategic actions:
- Developed a long-term reliable water supply, through
importation of State Project water and improvements to local water supplies.
- Improved water quality through construction of a new
- Now is undertaking a major Capital Improvement Program,
replacing facilities built as long ago as the 1920's.
These capital improvements are funded by a $13.5 million
bond borrowing approved last summer. Repayment includes funds from the District's Water
Availability Charge, which is dedicated solely to water system upgrades and replacements.
Major Progress This Year
This fiscal year, the District's Capital Improvement Program includes three pump
station projects, replacement of 11 sections of water mains, and several other projects.
|Completion is planned for spring 1999; total expenditures will
approach $2.5 million.
To Improve Fire Protection & Customer Service
Examples of completed projects include:
- A new pump station on Mountain Drive to improve water
pressure and provide increased fire flow in an area that has suffered numerous fires.
- New emergency generators for pump stations. This increases
water pressure and reliability during earthquakes, fires, power outages, and during hot
summer days when water use soars.
Repairs Weekend Pipeline Break
A recent Saturday afternoon water main break in Sycamore Canyon was repaired rapidly and
water service fully restored by midnight. That pipeline will be scheduled for complete
replacement as part of the facilities upgrade program.