Los Osos services district to mull water conservation

nwilson@thetribunenews.comMarch 9, 2014 

The Los Osos Community Services District Board of Directors will consider new water conservation measures.

The board met Thursday and received a report from District Engineer Robert Miller and its Utilities Advisory Committee on scenarios for reducing water use.

A study showed that the average household used 209 gallons per day in 2013, a rate higher than the 193 gallons used per day in 2012, and the 192 gallons per day in 2011.

The district’s basin has seen lower levels during the current drought, and wells are in danger of saltwater intrusion.

The board is considering imposing a water conservancy plan that would unify potential penalties for household over-consumption with the Golden State Water Company, which serves some customers in Los Osos.

The board directed the community services district staff to contact the Cambria Community Services District to gather information on its emergency measures to prevent wells from drying up.

Los Osos services district board members also considered holding a community workshop and public outreach to urge residents to conserve water.

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