San Simeon’s residential customers are doing a better water conservation job than the district had reported in April, and may be one of the water-thriftiest communities in the state, according to Charlie Grace, general manager of the San Simeon Community Services District.
His latest recalculations show the tiny community’s residents average 37 gallons per day per person of potable water from the district’s supply.
Trained technicians also can use the district’s treated wastewater for outdoor-irrigation purposes.
Cambrians have made state and national news with an indoor residential use rate of 40 gallons per day per person. Outdoor watering with district water has been forbidden, but services district directors there are to consider again today the possibility of letting residents use part of their daily allocation for outdoor irrigation.
Both communities are under long-standing moratoriums on new projects and water connections, because of the shortage of water. The drought that’s now in its fourth year statewide has only exacerbated the existing local shortages.
The San Simeon district also has called for bids for a reverse-osmosis system to treat its water from wells, primarily to remove chlorides (salt).
Those bids for a wellhead treatment system are due May 21, but initial estimates from the designing engineers were in the range of $926,000.
The system would not be treating sea water.
The district is seeking grants to help pay for the reverse-osmosis project.
SSCSD serves approximately 460 residents, plus about 35 lodging accounts, restaurants and a few shops.