Nipomo raises water rates
November 22, 2014
During a heated meeting on Friday, the Nipomo Community Services District Board voted 4-1 to approve a water rate increase to pay for supplemental water from Santa Maria.
The increase in cost will pay for a pipeline and the cost of the supplemental water. Nipomo residents currently relay entirely on groundwater.
Proponents of bringing in supplemental water say it is necessary to reduce pumping of the underground aquifer.
Opponents question the cost, which will increase rates in January by about $20 a month per-household. In addition, critics say the plan was pushed forward while residents were distracted by the election.
In mid-2015, Santa Maria water is slated to begin flowing into Nipomo.