Cambria yards can now be irrigated with tap water once a week

betling@thetribunenews.comOctober 25, 2013 

Mike Willis and his wife, Marian, not pictured, fill up their 100-gallon water tank — which they purchased in Hanford because they couldn't find one locally — with nonpotable water offered by Cambria Nursery and Florist on Monday, Sept. 30. This water is for two of their elderly neighbors to use.

JOE JOHNSTON — jjohnston@thetribunenews.com Buy Photo

Note: This article has been corrected to accurately reflect the hours during which landscape watering is allowed.

Cambrians can again use tap water on their gardens, but on just one day a week. Which day depends on whether their house number ends in an odd or even number.

The Cambria Community Services District Board of Directors voted 4-1 Thursday to partially lift a ban on the use of tap water to irrigate yards.

The ban was imposed Sept. 20 due to projections that demand from Cambria Community Services District customers might exceed the supply available before rain replenishes the pair of shallow aquifers that supply the community with water.

The district faced a 19-acre-foot shortfall in projected supply, directors were told at a special meeting Sept. 9, assuming the district could only pump from its well field on San Simeon Creek. On Sept. 3, a monitoring well that determines whether the district can pump from its well on Santa Rosa Creek had dipped below the 3-foot cut-off point.

The monitoring well has since recovered and the district has been using its Santa Rosa Creek well, and that aquifer has a relatively high water level.

Relieved of pumping pressure, the San Simeon Creek well levels have risen. As of Monday, estimated district Engineer Bob Gresens, there was 145 acre-feet of water in the aquifer with a projected demand of 108 acre-feet from last Monday through Dec. 22.

Director Amanda Rice voted against loosening the restrictions, citing uncertainty about when enough rain might fall to relieve the low water levels.

Cambrians with house numbers ending in odd numbers can now water on Tuesdays, and those with house numbers ending in even numbers can water on Thursdays.

Restrictions remaining in place include that a person must be present during watering and watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Watering with nonpotable water (water that has not been treated to drinking-water standards) can be done at any time. The district has made nonpotable water available across the street from the Veterans Memorial Building at 1000 Main St. and at the Cambria Nursery, 2801 Eton Road.

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