Important Drought Notice: The local conservation standard has been adjusted for Golden State Water’s Orcutt, Lake Marie, Sisquoc and Tanglewood water systems. Customers may now water outdoor landscapes up to three days per week with new voluntary conservation targets.

Previously-established conservation standards (36% mandatory conservation, 2x week watering) remain in place for Cypress Ridge and Nipomo customers, due to local water supply conditions. Effective Dec. 1, 2016, Stage 2 has been implemented for Cypress Ridge and Nipomo customers. Click your community (Cypress Ridge / Nipomo) for Stage 2 information.

System Watering Days (Even) Watering Days (Odd) Reduction Goal February Reduction Total Reduction
Orcutt Mon, Thu, Sat Tue, Fri, Sun 31% 48% 33%
Lake Marie Mon, Thu, Sat Tue, Fri, Sun 25% 57% 33%
Sisquoc Mon, Thu, Sat Tue, Fri, Sun 25% 28% 28%
Tanglewood Mon, Thu, Sat Tue, Fri, Sun 25% 14% 15%
Cypress Ridge Mon, Thu Tue, Fri 36% (M) 55%
Nipomo Mon, Thu Tue, Fri 36% (M) 45% 35%

* (M) denotes mandatory conservation
** Reductions compared to 2013 usage
Total Reductions: June 1, 2016 – Mar. 19, 2017

Chart Key: Meeting Goal / Not Meeting Goal

Staged Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing

Stage 1 (current stage for Orcutt, Lake Marie, Sisquoc, Tanglewood): 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 monthly residential water usage in Golden State Water’s Santa Maria Customer Service Area is approximately 18 Ccf, the equivalent of 1,800 cubic feet or 13,464 gallons.
  • Average water bill is currently $44.10, excluding any applicable credits or 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 $2.9 million dollars in local infrastructure improvements in 2016.
  • The 2016 investments include water supply enhancements, distribution and ongoing improvements designed to replace old meters, mains and safety equipment.
  • Learn more.

Local News & Updates

2016-2018 General Rate Case Update For Santa Maria

Effective April 20, 2017, local water rates will be adjusted per the CPUC’s recent General Rate Case decision for 2016-18.

Click here to learn more.

Golden State Water To Invest More Than $5.3 Million For Local Infrastructure Projects In 2017

Golden State Water believes that proactive system maintenance is critical to protecting water service now and for future generations.

Click here to learn more or check out our video on proactive system maintenance.

Golden State Water to Host Community Meeting for Tanglewood Customers

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.

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