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Solvang Water Conservation


To address the California drought issues, The City of Solvang continues to stress to its community the importance of WATER CONSERVATION. While the City has good water supply, each resident can contribute to the long-term health of our watershed. There are many ways to conserve at home and most easily by adjusting landscape watering. This does not mean let your lawn and landscape die. Here’s how to keep your lawn alive during the drought:

Tip 1 – Water at night. Don’t lose your water to evaporation. Watering at night will allow the soil to absorb the water.

Tip 2 – Prevent run-off. Monitor your irrigation so that water is not wasted on sidewalks and streets. Make sure the water is directed to and contained within the landscape.

Tip 3 – Water less frequently….. but deeply enough to wet the soil to the recommended depth suitable for your lawn. And remember, deeply does not mean saturated to the point, that water is running off-site.

Tip 4 – Mow the lawn taller…2 ½ to 3” high. Taller grass blades will promote deeper roots and taller grass will shade soil, resulting in less water evaporation from the soil.

Tip 5 – If you water with a hose, ALWAYS use a nozzle with automatic shut-off!

Tip 6 - Did you know that the current Drought Emergency Water Conservation conditions prohibit the application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall?  For more information on the drought, please visit State Water Resources Control Board website http://www.waterboards.ca.gov , your City’s website or the County of Santa Barbara’s Water Wise website at www.waterwisesb.org.

Tip 7If you have a large area of turf to irrigate, you could benefit from Cachuma Resource Conservation District’s (RCD) turf irrigation evaluation. All you need is to have the layout of your irrigation system and information on your irrigation schedule, then contact RCD’s Mobile Irrigation Lab at (805) 928-9269.

RCD will come out to your property to evaluate sprinkler system (including distribution uniformity), conduct a soil survey and compare your irrigation schedule to actual water requirements and seasonal controller settings. RCD will then provide recommendations on system design, operation and maintenance, including a projection of potential savings.

Tip 8 - Clean grease traps at least once a week. Some traps require more frequent cleaning; therefore, adjust as necessary. Do not pour grease into trash bins, street gutters, storm drains or sewers. Grease can clog sewer and storm drain lines causing blockage and spills. It is illegal to put anything but rain down the storm drain.

Collect bulk grease in containers/barrels for proper disposal. Make sure to keep grease containers/barrels in a secure area with lids closed, and make sure to keep areas tidy (free of spills). This prevents rain water from washing food waste into the storm drain and keeps birds and pests from scattering trash.

Tip 9 - Refresh your understanding of your City’s Drought Conditions which may include but not limited to:

  1. irrigating during the designated hours
  2. not creating excess runoff
  3. broom sweep around buildings and hardscapes such as sidewalks and driveways (no washing)
  4. use cash washes (no vehicle washing)
  5. immediately fixing known leaks
  6. serve water to customers upon request

Tip 10 - Do not hose down hard surfaces such as driveways and sidewalks. Sweeping up residual sediment, leaves and landscaping waste and place within green waste bins to prevent them from being in contact with rain or irrigation water where it can be carried away to the river and/or into a nearby creek.

Tip 11 - For areas around trees and shrubs, be sure to have 3-4 inches of mulch in place to reduce evaporation and build healthy soil. Mulch is readily available throughout the County and available for free pickup or affordable delivery.

Don’t forget you can divert runoff from pavement to grassy, planted or wooded areas of your property, so stormwater can seep slowly into the ground.

Tip 12 - Get ready for rainy season before October, trimming back vegetation and pick-up debris and litter in and along drainage areas. Did you know that the drainage swale on your property, manmade or natural, is your responsibility to maintain? Clean it up. Your effort will help prevent flooding and property damage.

Tip 13 - Consider preparing your Jacuzzi for the winter by taking steps to close it down which may include but not limited to: (1) Power Down, (2) Empty the Spa, (3) Clean Filters, (4) Loosen Fittings, (5) Blow Jets, (6) Clean the Shell and (7) Cover your Tub. Be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions; and to dispose of spa wastewater within the City sewer system.

Tip 14 - Continue to pick-up after your pet and toss it in the trash! Do not water down areas with animal waste. Remove soiled bedding and manure at least 3 times per week from stalls, paddocks and/or barns. If composting manure, locate the compost area on high ground away from areas that drain rain water. To avoid uncontrolled nutrient runoff, do not apply un-composted manure onto the ground before or during a rainstorm.

Tip 15 - Consider installing a Cistern or Rain Barrel to divert and collect water from your roof, through gutters and downspouts for outdoor irrigation reuse. Check with your City’s Planning and Building Department to determine if permits are required for large collection systems.

Tip 16 - Place all recyclable metals such as clean aluminum foil and pie plates, metal cans of all types (aluminum, steel, tin, bi-metal and empty aerosol cans), pots, pans and other hard objects made out of metal in the designated recycling bins provided by your waste hauler. Don’t forget to sweep up any metal shavings from metal fabrication work areas!

Tip 17 - Consider purchase of a Water Sense or Energy Star dishwater or washing machine during a Holiday Sale Event. You can not only save water and energy but you could be eligible for a Rebate!

Tip 18Install a rain sensor to your irrigation controller that will shut off (or interrupt) your sprinklers for 3-4 days when it rains, and when it dries out, your system will return to normal operation!

Tip 19When repairing an irrigation line, don’t forget to use PVC primer and cement when reattaching a PVC pipe to a connector to fix a leak! Check out this helpful video How to Check PVC Breaks for additional information. For more landscaping tips and videos go to Water Wise Santa Barbara.

Tip 20Did you know that during spring clean-up of your garden, it’s a great time to flush your drip lines and check for leaks? Check out this helpful video How to Check Your Drip System for additional information. For more landscaping tips and videos go to Water Wise Santa Barbara.

Tip 21If you have a broken drip line in your garden, did you know that a simple connector can be used to repair the leak and keep the roots from blocking the water flow to your plants?Check out this helpful video How to Check Drip Tubing Breaks for additional information. For more landscaping tips and videos go to, Waterwise.

Tip 22Don’t forget to check for leaky hoses and fittings, before evaluating your outdoor water usage. Check out this helpful video Stopping Leaks in Outdoor Water Systems for additional information. For more landscaping tips and videos go to Water Wise Santa Barbara.

Tip 23Adjust your pop-up sprinklers to direct water to your lawn, and away from your driveway or sidewalk. Check out this helpful video Adjusting the Sprinklers for Water Conservation for additional information. For more landscaping tips and videos go to Water Wise Santa Barbara.

Tip 24Did you know Smart Controllers use local weather data via satellite to determine how much watering is need? Check out this helpful video New Efficient Technology for Home Water Conservation for additional information. For more landscaping tips and videos go to Water Wise Santa Barbara.

Tip 25 Save water by installing an aerator on your sink and a low flow showerhead or a high efficiency toilet in your bathroom. Check out this helpful video Inspecting the Bathroom for Water Efficiency for additional information. For more water conservation tips and videos go to WaterWiseSB.org.

Tip 26When you start cleaning out your planting beds and preparing for spring, make sure to add mulch to help to retain moisture during the summer season. Visit the Less is More website for the location of free mulch piles throughout the county or contact your City for more details.

Tip 27Did you know you can use food coloring or dye tablets to find a toilet leak? Learn about a ghost leak (flapper leak), silent leak (overflow tube leak), or how to detect when you have leak due to excessive flush volume. Check out this helpful video How to Find & Repair Toilet Leaks for additional information. For more water conservation tips and videos go to WaterWiseSB.org.

For additional information on Stormwater Management Programs in your city, please contact the following:

City of Buellton: www.CityofBuellton.com Public Works Department at (805)688 -5177 or [email protected] 

City of Solvang: www.CityofSolvang.com Public Works Department at (805)688-5575 or [email protected]

City of Solvang: A Resolution ofthe City Council of the City of Solvang Rescinding resolution No. 15-968 (Stage 2 Drought Regulations) and Resolution No. 16-979 (Modified Stage 2 Drought Regulations)

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Water Efficiency

Water Wise Santa Barbara - Solvang

Visit WaterWiseSB.org, the water conservation website for Santa Barbara County. Sponsored by the network of county water providers (including Solvang), this website is a wealth of information and resources regarding water conservation and programs.

For additional information visit www.WaterWiseSB.org

Fixtures & Appliances

Water-efficient products can help your wallet and the environment. Look for products bearing the “WaterSense” label; information on approved products can be found here: http://www3.epa.gov/watersense/products/index.html

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