Keep calm & carry water: New nonpotable filling station opens in Cambria

Cambrians fill large tanks for use on gardens since use of tap water is prohibited

betling@thetribunenews.comApril 25, 2014 

Mark, left, and Heidi Bonnard put water in a 750-gallon tank at the new nonpotable water filling station on Rodeo Grounds Road on Friday, April 25.

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Cambria’s newest filling station dispenses nonpotable water for use on landscaping, not gasoline.

Cambria Community Services District opened the taps at the Rodeo Grounds Road facility on Wednesday, April 16.

It uses water from a newly reactivated district well on the Santa Rosa Creek aquifer and replaces a temporary facility near the skate park on Main Street that used water from a ranch on San Simeon Creek for which the district had to pay for the water and delivery. That source is also running dry.

The tank across Main Street from the Veterans Memorial Building will close May 1, the district said. There’s no charge for the water.

Mark Bonnard and his wife, Heidi, used the facility to put water in his 750-gallon tank on Friday, April 18. They’ll use the water on their garden.

The couple is still in the process of moving in to their new Cambria home from their previous residence in the San Jacinto Mountains. “We’re being real (water-use) conscious,” Mark said, but “it’s hard,” Heidi added.

“At 50 gallons a day, we’re not sure we can wash our clothes,” Mark said. “The issue should have been addressed earlier.”

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