What Does the Governor's Drought Declaration Mean for the City's Water Supplies?

Authored on
August 22, 2021

Despite a dry winter and severe drought conditions statewide, the City's water supply outlook is positive as a result of its diverse water supplies. Santa Barbara's water sources include: Lake Cachuma, Gibraltar Reservoir, ocean desalination, groundwater, imported water through the State Water Project, and recycled water. Additionally, water conservation continues to play an important role in stretching supplies during dry periods; the community's water use currently averages 25% less than 2013, before the last major drought.