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Water Awareness Month

Post Date:05/05/2021 9:00 AM

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May 5, 2021

Santa Maria Celebrates Water Awareness Month


The City of Santa Maria Utilities Department, along with other water agencies within Santa Barbara County, is observing the month of May as Water Awareness Month.  Water Awareness Month helps educate Californians on water issues and encourages wise use of water resources. The City’s goal is to remind the community of the need to conserve water during these ongoing dry weather conditions. 


City residents have the opportunity to receive up to two new low-flow showerheads in exchange for turning in their old showerheads. City residents (verification required) can visit 2065 East Main Street weekdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. to complete the no-contact exchange throughout May. Participating residents will also receive a water conservation kit (one per household while supplies last).


Historically, water use increases in May as summer approaches, especially for outdoor use.


Outdoor Conservation Tips

  • Plant drought-tolerant or drought-resistant plants and trees.
  • Replace grass/turf with water-wise plants.
  • Recycle indoor water by using it on plants.
  • Refrain from watering landscapes for 48 hours after rainfall.
  • Use a broom to clean driveways, patios, and sidewalks instead of a hose.
  • Water outdoor landscapes in the early morning to prevent evaporation.


Residents are also encouraged to evaluate their homes to see how they can help conserve water, and in doing so, also save money.


Indoor Conservation Tips

  • Install water-saving devices, such as low-flow showerheads, high-efficiency toilets, and kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators.

  • Reduce showers by two minutes and save five gallons of water.

  • Turn water off while brushing teeth and save three gallons of water.

  • Fix leaky faucets and save up to 20 gallons of water per day.


Questions may be directed to the Utilities Department at (805) 925-0951 extension 7270.



Department:                            Utilities

Contact Person:                     Myra Ritchie, Water Conservation Specialist

Telephone Number:                (805) 925-0951 ext. 7235   

E-mail Address:             



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