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Welcome to the Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District, Improvement District No. 1 Website. 

Our mission is to provide the residential and agricultural customers in the Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District, Improvement District No. 1 service area with reasonably priced, reliable, high quality water supply, and efficient and economical public services.


For Immediate Release: Contact:
October 31, 2014 Chris Dahlstrom
General Manager
(805) 688-6015
Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District Customers Cut Water Use by More Than 20%
ID No. 1 Calls for Continued Conservation as Drought & Water Supply Shortages Persist


SANTA YNEZ, CA — Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District, Improvement District No. 1 (ID No. 1) announced today a significant reduction in water use for the month of September, reporting a 22 percent decrease by its rural residential customers and a 25 percent water savings by its domestic customers, as compared to 2013. ID No. 1 called for voluntary water conservation in June of this year due to drought and new State water quality regulations that have limited ID No. 1’s groundwater supplies.
“Our customers have shown a commitment to conservation, responding to the District’s call to cut back and substantially reduce water use. We thank them for going the extra mile and ask that they continue these efforts,” said Karen Carroll, President of ID No. 1’s Board of Trustees.
Santa Ynez, and nearly every part of the State, is in the midst of an unprecedented drought. ID No. 1 would typically be able to meet water needs despite the dry conditions by using stored groundwater supplies to make up for the shortfall of surface water supplies. However, the new State standard for Chromium-6 (Cr6), a naturally occurring element found in local groundwater supplies, now restricts ID No. 1's ability to use certain wells, limiting the availability of groundwater supplies.
“ID No.1 customers are commended for their extraordinary efforts in conserving water through the high demand summer months and for achieving the voluntary water savings goal of 20 percent. While this trend is encouraging, I urge customers to continue water saving practices because we are still facing tough new water supply constraints and extremely dry conditions. This contribution in water savings played a role in the overall management of our water supplies this summer and will continue to do so into the future,” said Chris Dahlstrom, ID No. 1’s General Manager.
ID No. 1’s Board of Trustees formally declared a Stage 1 Water Supply Shortage in June of this year, calling on all customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 20 percent and implementing a series of water use measures to save water.
Stage 1 Water Supply Shortage restrictions and measures prohibit the following:

  •  Washing down driveways and sidewalks
  • Watering of outdoor landscapes that cause excess runoff
  •  Using a hose to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle
  • Using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated

ID No. 1 is urging everyone to continue to do their part to conserve by adhering to these water-saving measures. Concurrently, ID No. 1 is exploring options to bring groundwater supplies into compliance with new State regulations on Cr6 in order to restore water supplies for ID No. 1 customers.
For more information on water supply conditions and Cr6, please visit www.syrwd.org.
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About ID No. 1
Located in the central portion of Santa Barbara County, ID No. 1 serves the communities of Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Ballard and the City of Solvang. With approximately 6,700 customers (excluding the City of Solvang), the District currently provides water through more than 2,500 municipal and industrial connections and nearly 120 agricultural water service connections. ID No. 1’s mission is to provide residential and agricultural customers in the service area with reasonably priced, reliable, high quality water supply, and efficient and economical public services. For more information, please visit http://www.syrwd.org.












If you have any questions concerning the Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District, Improvement District No. 1
or our website, please contact us at our email address:
general@syrwd.org.