Atascadero residents trying to refill lake
July 31, 2014
A group of concerned residents is attempting to refill the nearly dry Atascadero Lake. [Tribune]
Friends of Atascadero Lake is proposing drilling a well at a home on the 8300 block of Portola Road and piping the water to the lake. The group plans to install a 1,100-foot pipeline that would connect the well to the lake.
The organization has not yet announced the estimated cost of the project.
Friends of Atascadero Lake has already sought and gained approval for its proposal from the Atascadero Mutual Water Company. The water company is a nonprofit utility that delivers water to customers in Atascadero.
The project backers have not yet taken their plan to the city of Atascadero. In order to break ground, they must attain city and state approval.
If approved, the project would use a fractured rock well to pump water from cracks between rocks beneath the property. It, thus, would not draw water from the declining groundwater basin, over which there is a ban on new wells, the group said.