Latest News From Montecito Water District


With Gratitude


Montecito Water District (MWD) acknowledges its three retiring Board members:

Richard Shaikewitz

W. Douglas Morgan
Samuel Frye




Each has given a dozen years of service, leading MWD through historic drought and challenging times. On behalf of all of us at the District, we extend our deepest appreciation for their commitment to the agency and the community.


Newly elected Board members will be sworn in on December 7, 2018 at 9:30 AM and begin their appointed positions thereafter. 


Recycled Water Update
The Board of Directors reviewed and accepted the 2018 Recycled Water Feasibility Plan a
t the public Board Meeting held November 20, 2018


Link to the Agenda, Packet, and the draft final 2018 Recycled Water Feasibility Plan



In 2017, the District adopted its 2015 Urban Water Management Plan which set a goal of increasing the District’s local, drought-proof water supplies to 85% of total supplies by the year 2025. These supplies include rainfall-independent sources such as desalinated water, groundwater banking and recycled water. The Plan set a goal of acquiring 200 acre-feet of recycled water by 2020 and a total of 1,000 acre-feet by 2025. The incorporation of recycled water into the District’s water supply portfolio would offset irrigation demand thereby reducing the District’s potable water demand.

For nearly a year now, District staff has worked with District consultant Woodard & Curran on a plan that explores the ‘World of Possibilities’ from an unbiased perspective and weighs the advantages of recycled water with the cost of potential projects that are considered to be feasible and beneficial for the community. The process has involved collaboration with other public agencies including the Montecito Sanitary District, Summerland Sanitary District, the City of Santa Barbara and Carpinteria Valley Water District.

The 2018 Recycled Water Feasibility Plan recommends implementation of a recycled water project for irrigation (Non-Potable Reuse or Purple Pipe) of two local golf courses, a cemetery, and other landscapes using wastewater from the Montecito Sanitary District. The recommended project maintains the option for the District to pursue groundwater augmentation (Indirect Potable Reuse) or Direct Potable Reuse in the future if subsequent technical evaluations demonstrate their feasibility and future regulations allow Direct Potable Reuse. The Plan also recommends further technical analyses to refine the results of the recommended project, and simultaneously pursuing discussions with Carpinteria Valley Water District on partnering in their indirect potable reuse project in the Carpinteria Groundwater Basin.

District staff shall bring scope of work, cost estimate(s), and the proposed path forward for the recommended recycled water projects to the Board for consideration in the coming months.



Important Reminder:
Public AND Private
Fire Protection Equipment
is for Fire Department Use ONLY


Particularly as the community rebuilds, it is imperative for public safety that no fire protection equipment is used for personal water needs. Thank you for your cooperation.

Fire lines and hydrants are for fire department use only.



District Calendar Changes

The Board Meeting schedule for December may be found  on our web site >




Community Meeting:  Winter Notifications

The community is invited to hear new information and view the revised risk hazard and evacuation map at any of these three upcoming meetings:


December 5, Wednesday at 5:30pm

Veterans Memorial Building, 941 Walnut Ave, Carpinteria

(presentation in English; Spanish interpretation will be available)


December 10, Monday at 5:30pm

St. Joseph's Catholic Church 1532 Linden Ave., Carpinteria

(presentation in Spanish; English interpretation will be available)


December 12, Wednesday at 5:30pm

Montecito Union School, 385 San Ysidro Rd, Montecito

(presentation in English)


For more information on live broadcasts, storm preparedness, and to sign up for alerts visit:



Rainy Day Reminder


It's raining! Please refrain from irrigating.
Conservation is a California Way of Life!



Montecito Water District's mission is to provide an adequate and reliable supply of high quality water to the residents of Montecito and Summerland, at the most reasonable cost. In carrying out this mission, the District places particular emphasis on providing outstanding customer service, conducting its operations in an environmentally sensitive manner, and working cooperatively with other agencies. For additional information visit, like Montecito Water District on Facebook, and follow on twitter @MontecitoWater.


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583 San Ysidro Road, Montecito, CA 93108-2124 • 805-969-2271 • email:
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: W. Douglas Morgan, President | Floyd Wicks, Vice President
Samuel Frye, Director | Tobe Plough, Director | Richard Shaikewitz, Director
General Manager and Board Secretary: Nick Turner