Pixel Tracker

Tuesday, January 15 , 2019, 8:44 pm | Overcast 56º


Goleta Water District Installs Directors

Goleta Water District Board directors Bill Rosen, left, Lauren Hanson and Rick Merrifield.
Goleta Water District Board directors Bill Rosen, left, Lauren Hanson and Rick Merrifield. ( Goleta Water District)

Three returning members of the Goleta Water District Board of Directors were sworn in during the annual organizational meeting held Dec.13. Directors Lauren Hanson, Bill Rosen and Rick Merrifield were re-elected in the November General Election, and took the oath of office before being reseated.

Hanson will complete a two-year stint as board president at the end of this year. During regular business, the board unanimously elected Merrifield to succeed Hanson as president in 2017. Director Meg West to serve as board vice president.

Hanson said, “It has been a privilege to serve as board president during this difficult time. We have continuing, challenging work ahead as the South Coast moves into the sixth year of drought."

Merrifield added, "The district is steadfast in its commitment to help the Goleta Valley manage through this historic drought.”

The district is currently in a Stage III Water Shortage Emergency, and the region remains in severe drought. Significant investment in a diverse water supply portfolio, critical well enhancements, local and regional capital improvement projects, and careful conservation by customers are helping to ensure the reliability and sustainability of the district water system.

The Goleta Water District provides water to a diverse population of some 87,000 in the Goleta Valley area, including residential, agricultural, commercial, industrial and institutional customers.

The district’s water system includes over 270 miles of pipelines, a water treatment plant, storage reservoirs, pumping facilities, active wells, a recycled water system, and connections with Lake Cachuma and the State Water Project. For more on the district, visit www.goletawater.com.

— David Matson for Goleta Water District.


Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.