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Montecito Water District Delivering Water As Usual and Keeping Important Initiatives Moving

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Montecito Water District Delivering Water As Usual and Keeping Important Initiatives Moving (Santa Barbara, California. March 17, 2020) The provision of safe water, sanitation and hygienic conditions is essential to protecting human health during any infectious disease outbreak, including the current 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Montecito Water District (MWD) is prepared for the rapidly […]

Planning is Paramount for Montecito Water District

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Santa Barbara, California. February 14, 2020) This time last year, we were “loving the rain,” but as a dry January stretches into a dry February, Montecito Water District customers are eager for status updates on the Water Supply Agreement with the City of Santa Barbara and the new Rate Study. […]

Montecito Water District Reports on the Rate Study, Recycled Water and More

  RATE STUDY UPDATE: After numerous committee meetings, the Board of Directors took its first look at draft rate scenarios this week. The presentation from consultant NBS was described as an introduction to “Lots of information, and lots of moving parts.” Designed to illustrate various scenarios created by adjusting the balance between fixed and variable […]

Montecito Water District Announces $8 Million Settlement with Southern California Edison for 2017 Thomas Wildfire and 2018 Montecito Debris Flow Claims

(Montecito, California) Today, the Montecito Water District announces a settlement with Southern California Edison (SCE) of approximately $8 million to resolve claims resulting from the 2017 Thomas Fire and the 2018 Montecito Debris Flow. The settlement is part of a larger $360 million settlement for a group of 23 public entities that brought suits against […]

Montecito Water District’s Quarterly Update, October 2019

RATES:  Several members of the public attended this month’s regularly scheduled Board meeting to provide public comment on potential future rate increases. Rates have not increased since 2016 and a new rate study designed to include the costs of current initiatives, such as a potential long-term water supply agreement with the City of Santa Barbara, […]

Montecito Union School Receives Certificate of Recognition from Montecito Water District for Water Conservation, Efficiency and Stewardship

Montecito Union School has received a Certificate of Recognition for valuable contributions towards water efficiency, conservation and stewardship from Montecito Water District. This award recognizes many steps that Montecito Union School has taken to reduce water consumption and model good water stewardship for the community: In recent years Montecito Union School has implemented several highly […]

Transparency Certificate of Excellence Awarded to Montecito Water District

  (September 18, 2019) Santa Barbara, CA — The Montecito Water District received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence from the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance. “This award is a testament to Montecito Water District’s commitment to open government,” said Mr. Turner, General […]

Well Sounding Data — Sounds Good!

(Santa Barbara, CA, September 6, 2019) MWD’s Directors reviewed signs of improvement and more at the August Board meeting; here’s an update: GROUNDWATER: Well sounding data indicates that groundwater levels in the Montecito Basin have recovered slightly after two consecutive wet winters—but remain well below historic basin “full” conditions. Several more consecutive wet years may […]

Quarterly Update and Recent Actions

(Santa Barbara, CA, August 1, 2019) There’s a lot going on at Montecito Water District! Here are some updates on a number topics that are important to our community: WATER SUPPLY OUTLOOK A Stage 1 Water Shortage Emergency Condition remains in effect and it is expected to take several consecutive years of above-average rainfall for […]