Paso Robles to sell water to rural residents
September 11, 2014
The Paso Robles City Council has approved a plan to sell water to North County residents living outside the city limits who are struggling to cope with the ongoing drought. [Tribune]
On Sept. 2, the council voted to reverse a 1950s ban on selling water outside the city limits. The new policy restricts usage of the water transported outside of the city to domestic uses.
Rural residents who purchase water from Paso Robles may not use it for commercial or agricultural purposes.
In order to truck the water to their homes, rural residents can hire private haulers, who will work with the city in obtaining the water. The price of the water will be the same as what city residents pay — $3.78 per unit, or 748 gallons.
City staff says Paso Robles can produce 1 million to 1.5 million gallons of water more per day than is currently used. Staffers do not expect the new demand to exceed 100,000 gallons per day.