Long-Term Planning (UWMP)

Montecito Water District's Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP)

An Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) is a planning tool that generally summarizes the actions of water management agencies. The UWMP provides managers and the public with a broad perspective on water supply issues. UWMPs provide a framework for long-term water planning and inform the public of a supplier’s plans for long-term resource planning that ensures adequate water supplies for existing and future demands.

The California Urban Water Management Plan Act requires water agencies to prepare a plan that provides water supply planning over a 20-year period in five-year increments, identifies and quantifies current and potential future water supplies, including recycled water and desalination, for existing and future demands in normal, single-dry and multiple-dry years and describes conservation program implementation and efficient use of urban water supplies. Mandated by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), the Plan is also designed to demonstrate an agency’s progress towards compliance with Senate Bill X7-7, which requires a 10% reduction in overall water consumption by 2015 and a 20% reduction by 2020. Plans are to be updated at least once every five years, on or before December 31, in years ending in five and zero or as allowed by subsequent legislation.

The District’s Urban Water Management Plan 2015 update (Plan) was adopted May 16, 2017 by unanimous vote of Montecito Water District’s Board of Directors on Resolution 2149. Consultant Michael Baker International helped prepare the Plan. Feedback from the Board, neighboring agencies, and the public was considered throughout Plan development, by way of Operations Committee meetings, Board meetings, and Public Hearing. The analysis included in the Plan shows the District is in full compliance with the 2015 interim reduction target, and projections indicate achievement of full compliance in 2020.