Will the Paso Robles Council impose a water moratorium?
January 21, 2014
The Paso Robles City Council will consider imposing a temporary moratorium on private water well drilling on Tuesday.
Because of low rainfall and increased demands, the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin water levels have been dropping. About 1,000 acres in the city are irrigated from private non-regulated wells, the city staff report says.
If passed, the ordinance would prohibit the city from accepting, processing or approving any new well permits for 45 days. The moratorium is slated to go into effect on Feb. 4.
After 45 days, the council can vote to extend the ordinance for up to 22 months and five days.