Nipomo Mesa water levels plunge
July 7, 2013
The level of water in the Nipomo Mesa plunged 25 percent in one year to its lowest level since 1975, according to a report by the Nipomo Mesa Management Area Technical Group. [AdobePress]
According to the Key Wells Index report released last week, the levels are nearly at the point where voluntary conservation measures implemented in 2007 could become mandatory. The group said it based the report on measurements taken at eight “key wells” across the Mesa.
The reported results are very similar to a Nipomo Community Services District consultant’s report released in April that showed the amount of water stored in the basin dropped by 25 percent in a year. The April report noted that the amount of water being pumped from the basin is greater than that returned through rainfall and other sources.
Both reports recommend building a pipeline as soon as possible.
In May 2012, Nipomo-area property owners voted against a plan to fund the construction of a $26 million pipeline by raising property taxes through an assessment district.
A year later in May 2013, NCSD Board members voted unanimously for a plan to borrow an additional $4 million for the construction of a water pipeline from Santa Maria, shortly after a lawsuit was filed contesting drawing the money from a reserve fund.
Opponents of drawing money from the reserve for the pipeline claim Nipomo officials are trying to resurrect the same project without approval from ratepayers.