San Luis Obispo County officials have created an online survey to assess the impacts of the drought on local wells.
“We’re under federal, state and county drought declarations, and knowing what damage is actually happening is important to know,” Supervisor Bruce Gibson told The Cambrian on Nov. 3. “The very serious drought we’re in is causing threats and damage to people’s water supplies. For the county to be in the best position to seek outside aid in this situation, we need a clear picture. So we’re certainly interested to hear from anybody with a difficult situation to report.”
North Coast input could be crucial for the survey, because the area has been hit so hard by the lack of water. Stage 3 emergency water-use restrictions — the most severe — are in force in Cambria and San Simeon. Stringent water-conservation practices are the norm. People are taking fewer showers and hauling around buckets of shower and washing water to flush toilets, wash cars and help prized plantings survive.
Gibson said the drought’s effects on the “municipal supply in Cambria and San Simeon are well known, but this survey request also would apply to people in rural areas,” such as ranchers, farmers and residents who get their water from individual wells on their own land.
The county’s anonymous survey can be filled out online or by telephone. Data collected from the survey will support the county’s request for federal disaster assistance that could be available for individuals affected by the drought.
The county Administrative Office has set up a task force to coordinate drought monitoring, impact assessments and public information. The task force is composed of representatives from various county departments.
For more information, call 781-5011.