The Goleta Water District Board of Directors on Tuesday lowered the ongoing Water Shortage Emergency from a Stage 3 to a Stage 1.
The action was in response to an increased allocation of surface water supplies from Lake Cachuma. Under Stage 1, restrictions on watering days and times have been rescinded and conservation is now voluntary. Prohibitions against wasting water remain in effect and leaks are still required to be fixed within 24 hours, according to district officials.
In addition, the drought surcharge will be lifted at the beginning of the next billing cycle and water used on or after May 1 will not be subject to the surcharge, officials said.
Stage 1 conditions are declared when the district’s water supply is 85 to 90 percent of normal over the next 12 months, or when the district water supply is insufficient to provide 80 percent of normal deliveries for the next 24 months.
The following water waste methods remain prohibited state-wide: potable water may not be used to wash down sidewalks and driveways; runoff caused by irrigation is prohibited; vehicles must be washed using a hose with a shutoff nozzle; decorative water features must use recirculated water; and outdoor irrigation is prohibited during and within 48-hours following measurable rainfall.
“While conservation is once again voluntary, after nearly eight years of drought, it will be some time before the District’s water supply portfolio returns to normal, so it’s very important that all of us continue to use water wisely,” District Board President Lauren Hanson said in a statement.