Water News
Vital Water Information for Customers of Montecito Water District n Spring 2004


Welcome to New General Manager

Robert L. Roebuck Heads District Staff, is Former Water
Resources Manager for Santa Barbara and a Montecito Resident

 


“One of my challenges is to firm up the water supply to meet rising demand, especially during lengthy dry periods.”


 

“I look forward to working for the Montecito Water District, and continuing to improve the already great water service here.”


 

“Bob is especially proud of The City of Santa Barbara’s Sheffield project, now under construction. It took seven years and a huge effort to gain approval for what he described as “a wonderful project that protects water quality.”

 

 


Longtime Montecito Resident

Montecito Water District’s new General Manager brings a wealth of experience in water management—as well as experience as a longtime resident of Montecito.

Robert L. Roebuck was appointed by the District Board to the post in November following a 20-year career with the City of Santa Barbara where he was in charge of water, wastewater and recycled water services. He has a degree in civil

engineering and 30 years of experience in management, design, construction, operations and maintenance of a wide variety of public works projects.

Priorities: Continue Facility Upgrades and Firm Up Supplies

Roebuck said that his most pressing priorities for the District are:

• Continue the replacement of old and undersized pipelines.

• Complete the multi-million dollar project to cover the open-air  21-million-gallon Ortega Reservoir.

• Meet customer demand for high-quality water service.

City Career Had Positive Impact On Montecito Water

As Water Resources Manager for the City of Santa Barbara, Bob completed several key projects that enhanced the City’s operations. Among them is the rehabilitation of the Cater Water Treatment Plant that serves not only the City of Santa Barbara but also Montecito and Carpinteria.

Montecito Roots

The Roebucks have lived in Montecito for the past 21 years. His wife of 25 years, Athena, teaches physical education at the Montecito Union School and their three children all attend local schools.

In his leisure time, Bob leads an active life, playing beach volleyball, jogging on the beach and snow skiing. He also has coached baseball and basketball at the Montecito YMCA for many years.

 

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