Atascadero requests more Lake Nacimiento water
September 24, 2015
Atascadero is joining the cities of Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo in requesting more water from Lake Nacimiento.
The cities have drafted a joint letter to San Luis Obispo County asking that water currently allotted to the cities as reserves be released for yearly use. The Atascadero Mutual Water Co. (AMWC) Board approved of the letter on Wednesday.
The Templeton Community Services District may also sign onto the request. It will discuss the issue at an October board meeting.
Likewise, the county board of supervisors could request more water for Cayucos.
The cities and communities involved in the Nacimiento Water Project have a combined yearly allotment of 15,750 acre feet of water. They are currently using 9,655 acre feet, leaving an annual reserve of 6,095 acre feet.
Due to the drought, Lake Nacimieto is currently at 21 percent capacity. If the county were to release all of the reserve water, the cities and communities would gain access to less than 8 percent of what remains of the lake. [KSBY]
San Luis Obispo is requesting an additional 2,130 acre feet per year at a cost of about $377,000. AMWC is asking for an additional 1,263 acre feet per year at a cost of approximately $228,000 annually, according to an AMWC staff report.
San Luis Obispo currently receives 3,380 acre feet per year from Lake Nacimiento. AMWC gets 2,000 acre feet, according to the staff report.
Paso Robles is requesting an additional 2,532 acre feet. It currently receives 4,000 acre feet.