The City of Santa Barbara Charles Meyer Desalination Facility was built in 1991 and 1992 as a temporary emergency water supply in response to the severe drought of 1986 to 1991.
Groundwater is the water found in the spaces between gravel, sand, silt, and clay in areas where water accumulates to form aquifers.
Surface water found in streams and reservoirs is often a vital component of water supplies for domestic use.
Water recycling (or water reclamation) involves treating municipal wastewater to remove sediments and impurities for reuse.
First raised as a concept in 1919, the initial approval of funding in 1960 by California voters for the State Water Project (SWP) now includes 34 storage facilities and over 700 miles of canals and pipelines.