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Stage Two Drought issued for City of Santa Barbara

A Stage Two Drought was declared Tuesday by the Santa Barbara City Council, requiring a 20-percent reduction in water usage throughout the community. Up until now, that reduction has been voluntary.

Santa Barbara gets its drinking water from Lake Cachuma and the State Water Project. Cachuma is currently at 37 percent capacity and state water deliveries have been reduced to five percent.

As part of the Stage Two Drought declaration, the city has adopted the following regulations:

  • Hoses must be equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle. • Washing of pavement and other hard surfaces is generally prohibited.
  • Irrigation is limited to evening and early morning hours.(For specific hours, see website)
  • Cars and boats must be washed at commercial facilities that recycle the water, or by hose with shut-off nozzle.
  • Use of water in ornamental water features and fountains is prohibited except: 1)if located indoors or on residential properties; 2)for fountains that have a total water surface area less than or equal to 25 ft.²; or 3)as of May 20, 2014 are home to aquatic life.
  • Pools and spas must be equipped with a cover when not in use.
  • No draining of pools by more than one third, unless authorized.
  • Drought notices required in restaurants and hotels; water served on request only.
  • Gyms, pools and other businesses providing showers must post drought notices and promote limitation of shower use.