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Drought Information


The above average rainfall of 2023 and 2024 has improved Santa Barbara’s water supply outlook, and the City has enough water to meet anticipated demands for at least the next three years. On June 13, 2023 the Santa Barbara City Council repealed the Stage Two Water Shortage Alert in response to the City’s change in water supply outlook. However, given that water conservation is a way of life in Santa Barbara and the next drought may be right around the corner, we can all continue to make a difference by being efficient with our water use.

Current Water Use Regulations

To promote the efficient use of water, certain water regulations are in place at all times, even when the City is not in a drought. Current water usage regulations are:

  • Any water use that causes significant runoff beyond the boundaries of a property is prohibited.
  • All leaks must be repaired within 72 hours after notice by the City.
  • Irrigation during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall is prohibited. Measurable rainfall is defined as .25 inches or more during a 24-hour period measured here.

Diverse Water Sources

To ensure reliable water supply even during drought, the City maintains a diverse water supply portfolio. Learn more about the City’s water sources here.

Water Drops 1980s to Today
pie graph of water sources from 2022

Drought FAQs

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