Effective April 20, 2017, local water rates will be adjusted per the CPUC’s recent General Rate Case decision for 2016-18.
On April 7, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order lifting the drought emergency for most of the state, while asking Californians to continue using water responsibly and make conservation a way of life.
Local water-use and outdoor irrigation restrictions implemented during the drought emergency have been lifted for Lake Marie, Orcutt, Santa Maria, Sisquoc and Tanglewood customers.
Due to local conditions, Cypress Ridge and Nipomo customers are in Stage 2 of Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing (Schedule 14.1) and have been assigned allocations for each billing period to achieve a 36% reduction, compared to 2013. Outdoor irrigation is limited to two days per week, as noted below. Click your community (Cypress Ridge / Nipomo) for Stage 2 information.
|System||Watering Days (Even)||Watering Days (Odd)||Reduction Goal||February Reduction||Total Reduction|
|Cypress Ridge||Mon, Thu||Tue, Fri||36% (M)||55%||—|
|Nipomo||Mon, Thu||Tue, Fri||36% (M)||45%||37%|
* (M) denotes mandatory conservation
** Reductions compared to 2013 usage
Total Reductions: June 1, 2016 – April 16, 2017
Chart Key: Meeting Goal / Not Meeting Goal
Stage 1: Customers may water outdoor landscapes up to three days per week (two days per week for Nipomo). All watering should occur before 8 am or after 7 pm, and should not exceed 10 minutes per station.
Stage 2 (current stage for Cypress Ridge and Nipomo): Irrigation restrictions from Stage 1; $2.50 emergency surcharge per CcF over allocation
Stage 3: Irrigation restrictions from Stage 1; $5 emergency surcharge per CcF over allocation
Stage 4: Irrigation restrictions from Stage 1; $10 emergency surcharge per CcF over allocation
Stage 5: All outdoor use of potable water is prohibited; $10 emergency surcharge per CcF over allocation; all single-family residential customers will receive allocations based on four-person household (8 CcF per monthly billing/16 CcF per bi-monthly billing)
To learn more, please click here to visit the Drought Page of our website.
For customers in Stage 2 or higher, click here to participate in the Water Conservation School and request a one-time allocation surcharge adjustment or removal of the flow restrictor.
Click here to submit an Allocation Appeal Application.
Golden State Water is proud to have served the Santa Maria community since 1976. We provide high quality, reliable water to approximately 13,400 customers in Santa Maria, Lake Marie, Nipomo, Orcutt, Sisquoc, Tanglewood and surrounding areas.Office Location Santa Maria CSA 2330 A Street, Suite A Santa Maria, CA 93455
General Manager: Mark Zimmer Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, excluding holidays
Average Monthly Residential Water Usage in Santa Maria
- The average residential customer in the Santa Maria CSA with a 5/8 x 3/4” meter, using 11,220 gallons (1,500 cubic feet or 15 Ccf) of water per month.
- Effective April 20, 2017, the average water bill will be $59.49 excluding any applicable surcharges.
- Five water systems serve the Santa Maria Customer Service Area. Water delivered to customers in the Lake Marie, Nipomo, Orcutt, and Sisquoc systems comes from local groundwater, which is pumped from the Santa Maria Groundwater Basin through wells operated by Golden State Water. Water from the Tanglewood System is imported surface water obtained from the Central Coast Water Authority.
Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP)
Every five years, UWMPs are prepared for systems that supply more than 3,000 acre-feet of water per year or serve more than 3,000 connections. UWMPs are prepared to support long-term planning goals and ensure that adequate water supplies are available to meet existing and future water demands. Please click here to learn more or view the UWMP for your area.
- Golden State Water plans to invest more than $7 million dollars in local infrastructure improvements in 2017.
- The 2017 investments include water supply enhancements, distribution and ongoing improvements designed to replace old meters, mains and safety equipment.
- Learn more.
Local News & Updates
All Tanglewood customers are invited to Golden State Water’s Community Meeting on Mar. 8 to discuss plans for water system improvements.
Click here to read more.
Click here to view our latest Waterways Newsletter.