3622 Sagunto Street Santa Ynez, Ca 93460


District Programs:

Routine Maintenance of Water Mains

The Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District, Improvement District No.1 will be cleaning water mains by flushing water from fire hydrants. This will create high water velocities through the pipelines which will carry out sediment which has accumulated within the pipelines over the years.

WHY? Inert sediments accumulate in water mains. These deposits tend to cause discoloration during high water use periods.

WHERE? The flushing program will be conducted in localized areas throughout the District.

WHEN? Periodically, the Water District will let you know, watch for an ad in the local paper.

DO YOU NEED TO DO ANYTHING? The water is safe to use but you may or may not notice a discoloration in the water and/or water pressure fluctuations. We suggest that if you notice discoloration in the water; reschedule the regeneration of water softeners and clothes washing to a time when water is clear.

MORE INFORMATION? For information, contact our District office at (805) 688-6015 during office hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You may contact us at the same phone number after office hours for emergencies.

Whose Pipes are Those?

The Water District is responsible for the pipelines or what is called "the street side" of the water meter, including the service connection lines, water mains and fire hydrant laterals in the street and continuing through the distribution system. The District also provides and is responsible for the angle curb stop, water meter, meter box and customer valve. If you notice a water leak in the street or in the area of your water meter, please call the Water District at (805) 688-6015 to report it as soon as possible.

The property owner is responsible for maintenance and repair of all private water pipes on the "customer side" of the customer valve. This means the private water system connection to the customer valve, the outside irrigation system and the interior plumbing of the home and any other plumbing connections on the property.

District Cross-Connection Policy and Back Flow Prevention Devices

Pursuant to regulations issued by the California Department of Health Services, the District must protect the public water supply from contamination by implementing a cross connection program. Accordingly, the District has passed resolutions establishing such a program and ensuring its compliance with these State Health Department requirements. The cross-connection control program applies to agricultural meters with the Distirct, as well as alternative sources of water such as privately owned wells, new construction, remodeling, or the addition of a meter of 1-1/2” in size or larger.

What is a "Cross Connection"? 

A cross connection is a potential connection between any part of a water system used to supply water for drinking purposes, and a connection to a source not approved as safe for human consumption. Under this condition, contamination of the drinking water system may occur by back-siphonage or back pressure. Back-siphonage is caused by negative or reduced pressure in the drinking supply system. Some of the causes of back-siphonage are undersized piping and water line repairs at a location lower than a service point. Back pressure occurs when a pressurized non-drinking water piping system is connected to a drinking water system operating at lower pressure. Some of the causes of back pressure are booster pumps supplying make-up water to industrial fluid piping systems from potable water systems and interconnection with other piping systems operating at high pressure.The responsiblity of implementing the various elements of an effective cross connection program requires the full cooperation of water users, the Water District, and health agencies. Each must carry his/her share of a coordinated cross connection control program in order to prevent contamination of the potable water supply.

It is the duty of the water user on any premises on which backflow prevention devices exist to have competent inspections made at least once a year, or more often in those instances inspections indicate repeated failure. All testing shall be performed by a certified backflow tester. The District will notify the owner 30 days in advance when routine testing is needed and supply them with the necessary forms and a list of certified testers. 

If you would like to know more about this topic, get a list of District approved backflow device assembly/testers, a copy of Resolution No. 482, or a copy of the District’s Cross Connection Policy, please contact the District office at (805)688-6015. 

Click on the link for the District's approved companies and individuals providing backflow prevention and assembly testing. 

Approved BackflowTesters

Meter Replacement Program 

Over the past four years, the Water District staff has been converting old meters to new “Touch Read Meters” to better serve District customers and also provide a more efficient means for reading meters. Touch Meters electronically read the meter by using a magnetic reader. 

Many of the District's water meters are 40+ years old and are due for replacement. As with any measuring device, meters can become less accurate as they age and therefore may not measure all the water going through them. The new replacement meters will provide a 100% accuracy rate reading of the water that is used. All new meters are tested at the factory to ensure that they register properly. Should customers realize a higer water bill, it is usually not because the new meter is reading too high; it is because the old meter was running slow. 

When a customer's meter is ready for replacement, the field crew person who is installing the meter will check to see if anyone is home before replacing the meter. If someone is home and it is inconvenient at that time to have the water off, the installer will return at a mutually agreeable day and time. Should the timing of replacement be agreeable, there will be a temporary interruption in water service while the meter is being replaced - typically about 30-45 minutes. There are no charges assessed to the customer for installation of the new meter. It is important to note that the customer is responsible for repairs, replacing and maintenance of the private water lines beginning at the customer valve and continuing onto the customer's property. 

The District has had a great deal of success with the new meters and meter reading equipment. In addition, the new meters will free up time for staff to perform other important operational functions since the meter reading will be streamlined. 

To date, approximately 90% of the District’s 2,553 connections have been converted to the new system. 

Questions regarding the Meter Replacement Program should be directed to the Water District’s Customer Service staff at (805) 688-6015 or e-mailed to [email protected]