Cambria CSD considering water rationing
January 27, 2014
The Cambria Community Services District Board of Directors is considering declaring a drought emergency that will restrict the amount of water residents and businesses can use and impose hefty penalties on those exceeding the limits. [Tribune]
At a board meeting Thursday, district General Manager Jerry Gruber will recommend that the board declare a stage 3 drought emergency. If adopted, the water emergency would limit Cambria residents to 1,500 gallons per month. Most residents use 4,500 gallons of water or less each month.
Stage 3 drought restrictions also include a 500 percent surcharge on usage above monthly allotment and a ban on the use of potable water for landscaping and gardens. The emergency would restrict commercial users to approximately the same allotments as residences.
Gruber said in an email that Governor Jerry Brown’s recent drought declaration did not go far enough.
“I was disappointed that the drought emergency declared by the governor was only a voluntary 20 percent reduction,” Gruber said. “I think it is too little too late. I will be recommending to the board that we go immediately to a stage 3 drought emergency.”
Gruber also said he would discuss emergency supply sources at the meeting Thursday.
The board will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building in Cambria.