Existing water pledges on CCSD regular meeting agenda

ktanner@thetribunenews.comSeptember 19, 2013 

With all eyes focused on its Sept. 20 special meeting, the only item firmly on the Sept. 26 agenda for the Cambria Community Services District Board of Directors is its the annual review of the district’s existing commitments for future water service, a list updated last in December.

However, if the Sept. 20 meeting produces decisions on how the district and its customers can help offset the dangerously low supply of water for the community, those issues could be up for discussion or action the following Thursday.

At the board’s December meeting, staff said the district had 13 outstanding intent-to-serve letters for new service, including: eight for single-family homes; two for multi-family housing; and three for commercial accounts that would require a combined 19.67 EDUs (equivalent dwelling units). However, two single-family residential parcels on the list already had active billing accounts, leaving 11 future connections, according to the report prepared by Monique Madrid, administrative service officer, and Cortney Upthegrove, an administrative tech who also is the district’s conservation specialist.

The district also has wait lists for water and sewer service, including two positions for affordable housing, 10 for commercial accounts (totaling 89.91 EDUS), 11 for multi-family housing (although two were removed from the list at the request of the customer) and 666 for single-family residential accounts.

From November 2001 to March 2013, the district was under a moratorium on new connections and Water Code 350 water emergency, except for projects deemed to have been in the pipeline. The emergency declaration remains in force.

According to the December report, as of the 2012 billing period for September and October, the district had 4,028 accounts, up 86 accounts from 3,942 in May-June of 2002, 22 of which were designated as being “internal accounts for CCSD use), leaving a total of added accounts at 64. Those were a combination of pipeline projects and special agreements that resulted in new utility accounts.

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