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Santa Barbara puts in mandatory water restrictions in response to drought

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 In response to the drought, Santa Barbara has put some mandatory water restrictions in place.


The city is requiring a 25% reduction in overall water use.


Here is a full list of those restrictions:


·         Hoses must be equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle when in use.

·         Irrigation with potable water is prohibited between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. for automatic systems. If manually operated, such irrigation is prohibited between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

·         Irrigation with potable water that causes runoff onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or parking structures is prohibited. Any excessive, unnecessary or unwarranted use of water is prohibited. All leaks must be repaired as soon as reasonably possible.

·         Irrigation during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall is prohibited.

·         Washing of pavement and other hard surfaces is generally prohibited. Exception: preventive maintenance of buildings and other facilities if accomplished by means of a pressure washer and when it is the only feasible means of correcting a potential threat to health and safety; provided it is accomplished by use of a pressure washer, mop, bucket, or brush.

·         Vehicles and boats must be washed with a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle or washed at commercial facilities that recycle the water.

·         The use of potable water in all non-recirculating ornamental water features and fountains is prohibited. Outdoor recirculating fountains with a water surface area greater than 25 ft2 are prohibited unless they are located on residential properties or home to aquatic life.

·         Pools and spas must be equipped with a cover when not in use. No draining or refilling of pools by more than one third, unless authorized.

·         Drought notices required in restaurants and other eating and drinking establishments; water served on request only.

·         Hotels and motels must post a drought notice in each guest room and provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily.

·         Gyms, pools, and other businesses providing showers must post drought notices and promote limitation of shower use.
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