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Goleta Sanitary District's Mission Statement

We protect the public health and environment by responsible wastewater collection, treatment and resource recovery to meet present and future community needs.

Goleta Sanitary District's Vision Statements

  1. We will have studies a broad range of biosolids reuse options and are planning to diversify as needed.
  2. We will be demonstrating our commitment to energy self-sufficiency with actions within the five years of this plan.
  3. We will have a completed infrastructure master plan integrated into a Capital Improvement Program.
  4. We will be working in partnership with other local agencies to be ready and able to support additional water reuse projects.
  5. We will be continuing our commitment to environmental stewardship through the implementation of green business practices.
  6. We will continue to have a productive, top-notch workforce.
  7. We will continue to be committed to excellence in Board governance.

History of Goleta Sanitary District

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World War II was still raging in 1942 when Goleta Sanitary District was formed under the Health and Safety Code of the 1923 Sanitary District Act to serve the rural agricultural area called Goleta. Only 1,500 people lived within the District. In those years, sewage wastes were disposed of through individual cesspools and septic tanks. Some farsighted citizens recognized that the community could not grow under those limiting conditions.

Building A Sanitary System With the ending of World War II, the fledgling District applied to the navy Department to connect its sewer lines to the Marine Air Base, located on the site of today’s municipal airport. Plans were drawn to build a sewer system and treatment plant. In July 1951, the new plant was opened for the first time to an enthusiastic community.

Rapid Growth Requires New Facilities By 1965, rapid growth in the Goleta Valley led to construction of the District’s mile-long ocean outfall pipeline and an expansion of the treatment plant. In order to serve 25 times the number of people it served when it was founded, Goleta Sanitary District enlarged and improved its treatment system to meet the needs of the rapidly growing community.

Meeting New Treatment Requirements The existing treatment plant underwent a second extensive upgrade to its operations in 1988 in order to meet the new demands of the community and increased receiving water requirements.

These facilities underwent a substantial upgrade in 1988 whereby the District adopted the current treatment process allowed under the 301(h) provision of the Clean Water Act.

Special Districts

Special districts are voted into existence by the citizens they serve and are sanctioned under California law to perform specific local government functions within certain boundaries. The Goleta Sanitary District was formed in 1942 and reorganized under the Sanitary District Act of 1923. It derives its authority in the California Health & Safety Code (Sections 6400-6830). The District is governed by an elected Board of Directors which is accountable to the public. The Directors are members of the community they represent. The District is independently audited and subject to state and public scrutiny.

Other special districts in Santa Barbara County include: water, fire service, mosquito and vector management, recreation and parks, healthcare, air pollution, and other services.

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Emergency Contact Information
For sewer spills or open man hole covers call 805.967.4519.
Board Meeting Information
The GSD Board of Directors meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at 6:30 pm at the GSD Board Room at One William  Moffett Place.