San Simeon water contaminated with salt
February 15, 2014
High tides pushing salt water into Pico Creek in San Simeon has left the community’s water supply laden with salt.
The high salt content not only affects the taste, but also makes cleaning dishes difficult. In addition, the salt is plugging up coke dispensers and destroying coffee machines.
After three weeks of salty water, the San Simeon Community Services District received a permit to begin using recycled water from the waste-water treatment plant for landscape irrigation. Next week, the district plans to blend the water from Pico Creek with one of their wells, less than a mile away from the ocean, to decrease the saltiness in the water.