We need to invest in the infrastructure of our water system to ensure continued delivery of safe and reliable water. Goleta Water District faces significant infrastructure improvement costs to fully maintain our water delivery system. GWD’s customers have permanently reduced water usage coming out of the drought and this change has significantly impacted revenue generation for the district. Recent rate increases will help us fund critical improvements and repairs. More information on rate increases below.
Goleta Water District's water portfolio includes surface water from Lake Cachuma,
State Water Project, recycled water, and groundwater. I believe the Goleta Groundwater Basin is our best and most reliable resource. The Basin served as our primary source of water during the last drought cycle. We continue to rely on groundwater to improve water quality by blending it with surface water impacted by watershed damage. We need to preserve the Goleta Groundwater Basin for the district’s current and future customers. We do not know if or when another drought cycle could start, so we need to make sure the Basin is there for us next time.
We need to build regional resilience by exploring new water supply options like potable reuse or stormwater capture. We need to protect our groundwater by developing other locally controlled and drought-proof sources of water. GWD’s implementation of a potable reuse project can help reduce our dependence on our other water resources. GWD has identified several stormwater capture projects and we should pursue a partnership with the County of Santa Barbara to implement projects that will enhance our regional water resiliency. Learn more
Learn more about Governor Newsom's Water Resilience Portfolio