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The Goleta Sanitary District recognizes the importance of water in our community. It is a precious resource and too valuable to let go to waste. That is why we built our Water Reclamation Facility in 1994 in partnership with the Goleta Water District. Through our reclamation process, we save on average 1.25 million gallons of drinking water, per day of operation. Recycled water customers benefit from a new and reliable water source that isn’t affected by drought.

Together Goleta Sanitary District and Goleta Water District are searching for more ways to capture and reuse our precious resource by increasing reuse of cleaned water in landscaping, and eventually by combining with existing supplies for potable reuse.


The District’s vision includes energy self-sufficiency. At present, the District captures methane gas production in its anaerobic digesters and uses it to heat the digesters. Approximately 40% of the gas produced is used for heating while the rest is flared off to protect the environment from exposure to greenhouse gases. The District is analyzing ways to maximize methane gas production and convert all of it into electricity for use at the facility.

In the fall of 2016, the District installed energy efficiency measures as part of a Water and Infrastructure and System Efficiency (WISE) project in collaboration with the Energy Network. These improvements included the installation of new energy-saving LED lighting throughout the plant and the installation of a smaller horsepower blower in the aeration basin. This is one of several ways the District works to promote energy self-sufficiency.

Water Reuse

Goleta Sanitary District produces higher quality secondary-treated water and discharges it safely into the ocean. By adding a third stage of treatment, a portion of the secondary treated water is raised to a higher quality level (with the addition and removal of chemicals) and becomes recycled water. The water is then pumped by Goleta Water District to customers for use on large landscapes such as golf courses and schools. Reclaimed water is also used to flush toilets in some of the most recently constructed larger buildings in Goleta.

Cooperative Project with Goleta Water District

Goleta Water District added a new recycled water pipeline to the treatment plant and the recycled water project was born. Together, the two Districts are collecting wastewater, treating it and recycling it for landscape irrigation, saving up to 300 million gallons of potable water each year for residents of Goleta.

A New Source of Water

Goleta Sanitary District's treatment process produces a supply of highly treated wastewater that was simply being discharged into the ocean. To take better advantage of this water, the Sanitary District added a new and sophisticated tertiary treatment process.

Recycled Water is Safe

Recycled water has been used safely in California for decades. Its use is carefully monitored by local, state, and federal regulators. Sophisticated and proven treatment processes, the specially designed and built recycled water pipeline, and stringent user guidelines assure that the water is used safely and efficiently. 

Everyone Benefits from Recycled Water

Recycled water customers benefit by having a new and reliable supply of water that isn't affected by drought. All Goleta Valley residents benefit because recycled water releases precious and limited potable water supplies for use by everyone. 

Mission Statement

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