Cambria water rates could double
July 25, 2014
Cambria water rates could soon double if the community moves forward with an $8.8 million emergency water supply project. [Tribune]
After a protest failed Thursday night, the Cambria Community Services District board voted unanimously to approve a major rate hike. If the CSD finalized plans for the new water system, average bimonthly bills will increase from $48.02 to $109.02 when the emergency system is operating.
When the system is not in operation, residents will pay an average bill of $85.02. The rate hike is slated to take effect Sept. 1.
During Thursday’s protest hearing, 800 residents submitted valid objections to the rate hike. In order to halt the rate increase, 1,970 customers needed to protest.
The proposed emergency water system includes wells, three separate treatment processes and an evaporation pond.
The CSD has already begun construction on the project under an emergency permit from the county. In order the system to become a permanent supply of water, though, the district will have to obtain approval from several state and federal agencies.
Some agencies, such as the Coastal Commission, have already expressed criticism of the project. The Coastal Commission stated in a letter that the proposed project inadequately protects coastal resources.