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Officials Consider Declaring Cachuma Lake A Disaster Area

With no forecasted significant rain ahead, Santa Barbara County officials have been told to consider declaring Cachuma Lake a disaster area.

The lake is 93% empty and close to a minimum pool area, which officials say is a point where water becomes unfit to drink.

The long-range water plan has several options, and county supervisors say it could include more outside water purchases, more conservation, and possibly a larger desalination plant than the one Santa Barbara will bring online next year.

As for the current conservation level  of 30% to 40% by most residents, one supervisor said she thinks the crisis may call for conservation levels of 75%.

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