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Montecito Sewer Spill Near Butterfly Beach

March 17, 2023, Santa Barbara, California 

The Montecito Sanitary District discovered a sewage spill on Thursday morning, March 17 at 640am at the District’s lift station at 1285 Channel Drive.  The spill was contained by 730am.  The District estimates that the spill started on Wednesday night, March 16 at about 11pm and estimates an overflow of about 6,650 gallons of sewage reached the nearby storm drain which in turn drains to Butterfly Beach. 

The California Office of Emergency Services, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Regional California State Water Resources Control Board, and the Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services were all notified of this incident. 

Montecito Sanitary District is working to excavate and repair the leak in the 60-year-old six-inch cast iron pipe that is eighteen feet underground.  The sewer system has experienced heavy flow rates because of multiple storms this winter and this particular leak is in an area that was impacted by the January 2018 mudflows.

 Montecito Sanitary District’s Mission: A community service commitment to protect public health and safety and to preserve the natural environment through the collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater in the most cost-effective way possible. 

For more information contact John Weigold, General Manager, at (805) 695-4210, or at


General Manager Resignation - Effective December 23, 2022

On October 24, 2022, the Board of Directors of the Montecito Sanitary District received General Manager Bradley Rahrer’s letter of resignation. During his 16 months at the District, General Manager Rahrer served as the General Manager and District Engineer. He has been an asset to the District, and his expertise will be missed. 

General Manager Rahrer’s last day with the District will be December 23, 2022. The Board of Directors thanks General Manager Rahrer for his service and dedication to the Montecito community and wishes him the best of luck in his future endeavors.


Roundabouts Sewer Relocation Project - October 24, 2022 - November 10, 2022

Work will commence October 24, 2022 on the San Ysidro/North Jameson intersection to relocate and adjust existing sewer facilities to prepare for the upcoming CalTrans roundabout project.  Construction work will take place Monday through Friday from 9:00am - 3:00pm and is expected to last through November 10th, 2022.  Click here for further information regarding the project.