Lake Cachuma is not going to be able to deliver 40 percent of its capacity to Santa Barbara. It is half full of silt, and the remaining water will have to be pumped into the delivery pipelines to Santa Barbara. Montecito is trying to buy private water from farmers who are not planting because off the drought. All the talk of desalination and recycled water is fantasy. The time line to do any of these things is years not months away and will cost too much.
All outdoor watering, including the lavish estates, should be terminated immediately. Why should the rest of us have to take 30-second showers and have insufficient flow in our toilets to provide relief for these immoral estates and golf courses?
The cost of desalination is immense, and we have no way to pump it back to areas in need. Wait until the prices for farm produce come in inflated by the drought. Assuming there is any to buy. The California Dust Bowl is at hand.