Glossary of Water Terms
Review a number of terms relating to water-related matters.
Learn about the chemistry of water and how it plays a role in our world.
Water quality is a term used to describe the chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of water with respect to its suitability for a particular use.
Water that lands in our yard as rain, or flows by our school in a creek is not fit for human consumption. It must first be treated.
Although water is used for many different purposes, there are two general categories of water use in the county: urban and agricultural.
Where Your Water Comes From
Santa Barbara County residents obtain their water from several sources: groundwater withdrawal, storm runoff collected in local reservoirs, the State Water Project, desalination, and recycled water.
Wastewater refers to water that has been used and then released into the sewer. Wastewater can contain sewage, urban street runoff or industrial or agricultural waste products.