Recycled Water



A comprehensive Recycled Water Feasibility Study was completed at the end of 2018. Additional technical studies are now underway on prioritized projects.

Recycled Water Delivery

Goleta Water District will deliver recycled water for landscaping to Montecito Water District customers. See below for complete details.

Recycled Water is a potential new source. The District’s Urban Water Management Plan identifies Recycled Water as a long term local reliable supply and projects the District may add 1,000 acre feet to its annual water portfolio by 2025.

In 2018, Montecito Water District hired Woodard & Curran to conduct a Recycled Water Feasibility Study, half-funded by a grant the District applied for and received from the State Water Resources Control Board.

Wastewater is the source of Recycled Water and collaboration with a wastewater entity is essential for implementing any recycled water project.

A delivery program in partnership with Goleta is available for any customers wishing to use Recycled Water for landscaping.

Recycled Water Available for Delivery

Eligible property owners within Montecito Water District’s service area can participate in Goleta Water District’s Recycled Water Hauling Program to have recycled water delivered and applied to their landscape. See the attached District boundary map for applicable area.

How to Request and Sign-Up for Goleta Water District’s Recycled Water Hauling Program:

STEP 1. Contact Goleta Water District and complete the Sign-Up Procedure. Program Information, including costs, can be found at Alternatively, call (805) 964-6761.

STEP 2. BEFORE recycled water is delivered by Goleta Water District, contact Montecito Water District (call (805) 969-2271 or email and complete the Sign-Up Procedure, which includes:

  • Providing a fully executed copy of Goleta Water District’s Program Customer Agreement,
  • Providing verification from an authorized and certified testing company of the installation of a properly installed and functioning, legally-required backflow prevention device, and
  • Completing Montecito Water District’s own Recycled Water User Agreement, including signing the agreement and paying the required deposit.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Recycled Water?

    Recycled water is wastewater that has been highly purified so it can be used again for new non-drinking purposes. The recycled water produced at Goleta Sanitary District’s recycled water treatment facility and distributed for use by Goleta Water District is treated to a disinfected tertiary level that is fully compliant with the State Water Resources Control Board’s Title 22 Code of Regulations.

  • What Can Recycled Water be Used for?

    Recycled water delivered through Goleta Water District’s Recycled Water Hauling Program is permitted for use on landscaping. Contact Goleta Water District for other permitted uses. Goleta Water District’s permit does not allow the delivery of recycled water to private on-site storage tanks.

  • How is the Recycled Water Delivered?

    Goleta Water District (GWD) delivers recycled water from Goleta Sanitary District’s recycled water facility to customers’ properties via a 2,000-gallon recycled water truck, which is owned by GWD and operated by a GWD-trained contract operator. GWD applies recycled water to each customer’s landscaping via hand application through a hose attached to the truck in a manner that prevents runoff, ponding or waste of the recycled water. Alternatively, recycled water can be applied by Goleta Water District via a connection to a fixed irrigation system that has been properly converted to receive recycled water. Signage is posted by GWD indicating that recycled water is in use.