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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 […]

Recycled Water for Montecito: A Joint Effort

A Recycled Water Feasibility Study completed at the end of 2018 identified potentially viable water reuse projects involving Montecito Water District (MWD) and Montecito Sanitary District (MSD). The Districts are currently collaborating to determine the best approach for the community. MWD & MSD have held four joint committee meetings regarding the implementation of water reuse […]

Water Quality Meets or Exceeds Standards

(Santa Barbara, CA, June 7, 2019) Montecito Water District’s 2018 Annual Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) is now available online at This report describes the District’s water sources, provides information on water quality and how it is measured, and presents the District’s 2018 test results which show that drinking water met, or was better […]

Montecito Water District Updates Water Use Restrictions, Ends Meter Moratorium

(Santa Barbara, California. May 30, 2019) Montecito Water District Updates Water Use Restrictions, Ends Meter Moratorium Montecito Water District’s Board of Directors have adopted Ordinance 96, eliminating the prohibition on issuance of new water meters and bringing water use restrictions up-to-date and consistent with the declared Stage 1 water shortage emergency and current water supply […]

First Meeting of the Montecito Groundwater Basin GSA (Groundwater Sustainability Agency): Calling all Well Owners and Interested Parties for Future Participation

(Santa Barbara, California, April 30, 2019) The Montecito Groundwater Basin GSA met Monday, April 29 for the first time. The GSA’s function will be to prepare and implement a Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the Montecito Groundwater Basin pursuant to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). For many groundwater basins throughout California, including the Montecito Groundwater […]

Quarterly Update: Water Supply Outlook is Improved for the Near Term; Water Shortage Emergency Condition reduced from Stage 2 to Stage 1; Board Focus is on New Budget, New Rates, New Meters, and Strengthening Supplies for the Long Term

(Montecito, California. April 25, 2019) It’s been a busy first quarter for MWD with a banner rainy season that—at least for this year—has interrupted the seven-year long historic drought. Here’s a current snapshot of the improved water supply status for the District: In late March, the County Board of Supervisors replaced a Drought Emergency Declaration […]

Drought Relief Indicated, Yet Water Supply Shortage Remains in Effect

(Santa Barbara, California, February 23, 2019) The latest US drought monitor map shows the majority of the state, including Santa Barbara County, as no longer in drought conditions. While the drought may be over according to the US Drought Monitor, Montecito Water District remains in a water shortage condition. Below is a quick status update […]