A water district which serves parts of the Santa Ynez Valley has declared a Stage One drought emergency, and is calling on its customer to cut consumption by 20%.
The Santa Ynez Water Conservation District Improvement District Number 1 is facing a double whammy.
Not only is the drought impacting water supplies, but new state regulations designed to limited human exposure to chromium-6 take effect July 1st.
That means some of the well water the district had relied on may no longer be available.
However, the district had already been calling on customers to reduce usage, and it actually increased. The district’s board of directors so far has declined to impose mandatory water use restrictions.
The district serves about 6700 customers in Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Ballard, and Solvang.