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Water Supply Conditions 

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Although the State of California has experienced favorable rainfall conditions this year, important steps are ongoing at the statewide, regional, and local levels to conserve our valuable water supplies.  Pursuant to Resolution No. 764 adopted by the Board of Trustees of Improvement District No.1, the following water conservation measures and water use restrictions remain in place for all customers of Improvement District No.1.

 1.        Water shall be used for beneficial purposes only; all unnecessary and wasteful uses of water are prohibited.

2.        Water shall be confined to the customer’s property and shall not be allowed to run off to adjoining properties or to the roadside ditch or gutter. Care shall be taken not to water past the point of saturation.

3.        Landscape and lawn watering that causes runoff or within 48 hours of “measurable” rainfall is not allowed.

4.        Automatic shut-off devices must be attached on any hose or filling apparatus in use.

5.        All pools, spas, and ornamental fountains shall be equipped with a recirculation pump and shall be leak-proof.

6.        New swimming pool and spa filling is allowed.  Draining and refilling of existing pools is allowed for health, maintenance, or structural considerations.  Pool and spa covers are encouraged to avoid evaporation losses.

7.        Leaking customer pipes or faulty sprinklers shall be repaired within (5) five working days or less if warranted by the severity of the problem.

8.        Washing streets, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, or buildings, except as necessary for health or sanitary purposes is prohibited.

9.        Use of “Temporary” water classification from meters and fire hydrant meters is prohibited for any purpose outside the District’s boundaries.

10.     Use of “Emergency” water is prohibited outside the District boundaries to supply water to private property owners with private wells, or for public or private entities with their own source of water supply.

11.     Filling, re-filling or using District potable water to maintain water levels in any pond, lake, waterbody, man-made stream, or waterway is prohibited.

12.     Customers are encouraged to take advantage of conservation programs and rebates.

13.     Restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias, or other public places where food is served are encouraged to provide water only upon request.

14.     Operators of hotels and motels are encouraged to display water conservation signs and provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily.   The hotel or motel should prominently display notice of this option in each guestroom using clear and easily understood language.

15.     Voluntary 10% reduction in water use.


Improvement District No.1 proudly serves potable water supplies for domestic, agricultural, commercial, and institutional needs within the communities of Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Ballard, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, and the City of Solvang on a limited basis.  The Board of Trustees is comprised of President Jeff Clay, Vice President Mike Burchardi, and Trustees Brad Joos, Nick Urton, and Jeff Holzer.  For more information about the District, please visit our website at or contact our office at (805) 688-6015 or via email at


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