Woolsey Fire Impacts Water System; Agency Used Generators To Keep Water Flowing During Blaze

A water district which serves parts of the Conejo Valley suffered major damage during the Woolsey Fire, but officials say they were able to keep water supplies flowing in most spots as the blaze moved through the area. The Los Virgenes Municipal Water District suffered fire damage to its water filtration and composting facilities. Power outages affected the system, but managers were able to borrow generators from other water agencies to stay in operation.

Desalination Plant in Santa Barbara Now Supplying 30% of City’s Needs; Hosting Public Tours

Some ocean water on Santa Barbara County’s coastline is soon going to undergo a transformation. Roughly three million gallons of salt water is turned into drinking water a day at the City of Santa Barbara’s Charles E. Meyer Desalination plant.

The plant, which is just a few blocks from the ocean between West Beach and Highway 101, has been up and running for more than a year. Now for the first time, the media has been invited to tour the facility, and this weekend the public can see it.