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Sweetwater Collaborative


Sweetwater Collaborative is a local Santa Barbara nonprofit that was founded in January 2013. We became a 501c3 tax exempt organization in May 2017.

We focus on water wise education and re-landscaping, through classes, presentations and community hands-on workshops where we install sustainable features like rain gardens, greywater systems, rain tanks, foot forests and Mediterranean or native landscapes.

  • We emphasis keeping or putting carbon in the soil by increasing soil biology and permeability through the combination of mulch, rainwater, compost tea and appropriate plants.
  • Once or twice a year, we offer Sweet Water Wise Tours of properties that we have helped to transform with beautiful, water saving landscapes.
  • We aim to give the support and guidance that each community member needs to be able to make the water wise changes that are right for their context.
  • Sweetwater uses Sociocracy as our governance model which honors every member’s opinion and voice.

Since February 2016, Sweetwater has been offering Rainwater Harvesting 101 and Greywater 101 classes almost every month, co-sponsored by water agencies and/or governments in Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria. The classes run for an hour and a half and include basic concepts and how-to information about these practices. We also periodically give similar presentations for private groups and organizations.

February 2019

Tanks for the Rain hands-on workshop: 2nd event in our Women’s EmPOWERment series

February 23 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

This is the second event in the Women's EmPOWERment series. For this pilot series, we request that only women attend. Tanks for the Rain is a hands-on workshop diverting downspouts, installing a rain tank, and creating infiltration basins/overflow for the tank. Register now for Tanks for the Rain. This will be a learning through doing workshop, with additional educational points reviewed during the break and lunch. If you want to learn more about rainwater harvesting tanks and earthworks,we encourage you…

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March 2019

Washer Water to Power Plants hands-on workshop

March 2 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

This is the third event in the Women's EmPOWERment series. For this pilot series, we request that only women attend. Washer water powers plants hands-on workshop is an installation of a Laundry to Landscape greywater system. The workshop is free; however, you need to register in advance online. Register now for this workshop. Sweetwater laundry to landscape workshops start right next to the washer, where we'll learn how to attach the discharge hose to the three way valve and then…

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