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While above-average rainfall has improved climate conditions across the state and county, the effect of the multi-year drought on the City's water supplies has been extreme, and it may take several years to recover. 

The County of Santa Barbara's website provides real-time hydrology information countywide. Peruse the site to see local rainfall accumulation, radar and satellite imagery, storm forecasts, historical rainfall charts and comparisons, stream gauges, and reservoir storage and capacity. 

Each year, City staff go underground to walk the entire 3-mile span of the 107 year old Mission Tunnel, inspecting its condition. Mission Tunnel is one of two tunnels that bring water from reservoirs on the Santa Ynez River to the south coast. Learn about the annual inspection of Mission Tunnel in our video

Sweetwater Collaborative has been awarded the City of Santa Barbara's 2018 Water Hero Award. Since 2013, Sweetwater Collaborative has hosted educational classes for the community on outdoor water usage and  water wise landscape workshops and retrofits. Learn about Sweetwater's efforts and how to get involved on our website
Minor household leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of wasted water every year in the U.S.- that's enough water to fill Lake Cachuma more than 15 times! National Fix a Leak Week takes place March 18 - 24, but remember you can find and fix leaks inside and outside your home year long. For information on how to find and repair leaks visit our website

Join us for Water Wise Landscape Maintenance 101 on Thursday, March 21st from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Louise Lowry Davis Center,  1232 De La Vina Street . Learn the basics of plant establishment, irrigation, pruning, fertilization/ mulching, and wedding for a beautiful, sustainable garden. 
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