Montecito Water District was a
founding member of the Montecito Emergency Response and
Recovery Action Group (MERRAG), composed of various
associations, businesses and schools, along with the
local water, fire and sanitary districts to provide
coordinated emergency response.
Your Water District also:
• Maintains backup power generators
at key facilities to keep water flowing during power
• Maintains multiple water sources
to provide service in the event that one or several are
• Works closely with law
enforcement and other agencies to protect the water
supply from vandalism and terrorism.
Your Water District recently
completed a multi-year effort
with other local agencies
cities to develop an agreement on water rights and
quality issues on the Santa
Ynez River. Such long
range efforts help protect our water supply, maintain
and control costs.
The District participates in the Santa Ynez River Fish
Management Plan and similar efforts in local creeks to
enhance the habitat of
and other species of concern.
involves habitat improvement, barrier removal, and
releases of water to
enhance the wildlife
It’s not enough just to have the water on hand. What if
something goes wrong? The District has high tech
monitoring devices that automatically track major
elements of the water system
and alert our field crews
if any problems arise.
For the last 75 years, the
District has kept weather
data at Jameson Lake’s Juncal Dam, which
helped us manage the water supply. The National Oceanic
Atmospheric Administration presented the District with a
certificate in recognition of our years of cooperation
in gathering this valuable data.