San Simeon water contaminated with salt

February 15, 2014

water2High 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.

 


5 Comments

  1. Slowerfaster says:

    The Rime of the Anciect Mariner.

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  2. hijinks2 says:

    Hmmm, if they can’t eliminate such a simple element, like salt, then what about all the other contaminants in the creek where they get the water for the community and visitors. Ever visited San Simeon and then had a case of the runs for a week afterwards. San Simeon CSD based upon population size receives more violations and fines for water quality violations than any other agency in the state – now that is a fact that few know. So much for qualified help.

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    • BeenThereDoneThat says:

      I don’t think your assessment is correct. Eliminate a simple element like salt? Um don’t you have to use a desal plant for that? Doesn’t sound simple to me.

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  3. Spacetrekker says:

    This “story” is a good example of why we should not trust “the media”, even CCN.

    – “High tides pushing salt water into Pico Creek in San Simeon has left the community’s water supply laden with salt.” High tides are a regular occurrence. Is there something new about the recent tides that are causing something unusual? What does “laden” mean – 5% sodium chloride; 1%; 3%; 10%?

    – “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.” I don’t doubt the saline content of drinking water is noticeable, but what/whose “coke” dispensers and coffee machines are being destroyed?

    Please provide at least minimal substantiation with your reports, lest the community will wither away from a possible and hopeful source of truthful information.

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    • No_More_Anger says:

      This was a story from ksby , don’t know if that helps. It ran a few days ago. The ksby story that this happened in 2008 as well

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