In 1994 the District partnered with the Goleta Water District to build and operate the region’s first water reclamation facility. To date over 8.5 billion gallons of water have been recycled for irrigation use in the western Goleta Valley.
The District continues to work closely with the Goleta Water District to find ways to maximize the use of recycled water. In 2017 the Goleta Water District released a potable reuse facilities plan to determine potential ways to expand water reuse and to evaluate the feasibility of treating wastewater beyond secondary treatment to reclaim it and turn it into potable (drinking) water. There are a number of options being considered to meet the near-term and long-term needs of the community for the lowest possible cost.