Cambria school district wants opinions on watering playing fields

ktanner@thetribunenews.comFebruary 3, 2014 

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A 2-mile network of 5-foot tall storage pipes, seen here during installation in 2004, was buried underneath playing fields at the Cambria Grammar School as a water-thrifty way to keep athletic fields green.

COURTESY OF COAST UNIFIED SCHOOL

Is it worth it to keep using district funds to haul in water to keep school playing grounds green? That's the question Coast Unified School District trustees hope to hear from the public about during a special public forum at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 1350 Main St., Cambria.

Cambria Grammar School fields were designed to be self-irrigating under normal rainfall circumstances, using rainwater stored in holding tanks installed beneath the turf. In dry seasons and droughts, however, the school district must pay for water to fill the system.

According to district Facilities Director Lee Wight, that extra water cost the district $41,000 in 2013.

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