The mission of the Goleta Sanitary District is to protect public health and the environment. This means that we are committed to making sure that the processes we use to treat wastewater are not only consistent with best practices in our field, but that we look beyond those best practices to find innovative solutions, explore new developments, and constantly think outside the box. Our treated secondary effluent and recycled water meet and exceed regulatory standards. This result is evidence of our pledge to protect those we serve and the places we live.
Our pledge of environmental protection goes beyond the treatment processes. We have sponsored the Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County for many years, encouraging other businesses to operate with an eye to environmental protection. In 2018, the Governing Board decided to become one of the region’s first public utilities certified as a green business. The District is in the process of completing the certification process and hopes to meet all program requirements by the end of 2018. Some of these steps include installing all low flow showers, toilets and faucets, using post-consumer paper products for all business interactions, tracking and posting of monthly electricity bills for all staff, and creating a commuter incentive program. The certification will be good for three years. The green business program reflects a core value of the District and demonstrates our commitment to be good stewards of our environment.