Cambria’s $15 million toilet to tap emergency water project
September 15, 2014
OPINION By EUGENE BLANCK
Did you ever wonder why your due process rights were usurped by the Cambria CSD (CCSD) when you were not asked whether you preferred “toilet-to-tap” water for $15 million or 300 acre-feet of fresh well water from an existing well for the cost of a postage stamp and a water rights application the CCSD has known about since 2010 — and not acted on? And the financial instrument for the “emergency” project takes the CCSD assets as collateral, including the bank’s ability to repossess the Fiscilini East-West ranch and develop it.
This is just more of the “pave paradise and put up a parking lot” mentality exemplified by the massacre of healthy trees, except the CCSD wants you to pay for developer’s profits with the fake “emergency” project. And even the county is in on it, improperly issuing an “emergency” permit for a project in a coastal tidal wetland without authority.
Those Aug. 15, San Simeon Creek well levels are above the average for all years measured which proves there is currently no water emergency in Cambria, especially if the CCSD stops wasting water.
Then there is the actual health and safety risk to you from a “Toilet-to-Tap” project, not permitted like any other similar project in California, but rushed through the permitting process under the scam of being an “emergency.”
When was the change of the project from “brackish seawater” to a “Toilet-to-Tap” project ever discussed at a public meeting? So without any permits except the “emergency” permit, the CCSD is spending your money and risking your future.
Future Cambria tourists will quip, is that something swimming in your ice tea? Or, tourists will ask, do you think it is safe to breathe the water in the shower with worries about inhaling brain-eating amoebas? Local residents will wake up to the real danger and decide to move out, in mass to protect both their health and wallets.
If you think your human rights are safe with CCSD’s dishonest unilateral actions, I met an older woman at the recycling center last week who had her water service turned off by the CCSD and was recycling empty bottles to buy bottled water. Even the United Nations has declared water a basic human right. Cambrians, welcome to the Third World, brought to you by the current CCSD.
Eugene (Lou) Blanck is a California professional geologist and geophysicist, a certified engineering geologist and hydrogeologist and a CCSD elected director in the late 90s.