In the irony of ironies, the Los Osos Community Services District has adopted mandatory water conservation measures for its customers (“Los Osos adopts water restrictions,” Aug. 12).
Why ironic? Because as the county of San Luis Obispo installed the collection lines for the sewer system throughout Los Osos this past year, they pumped over a half a year’s worth of treatable groundwater to Morro Bay to be lost forever.
While this unacceptable waste of water was taking place, the Los Osos Community Services District Board wrote a mildly worded letter to the Regional Water Quality Control Board to ask that they intervene and stop the practice. But, that’s where they stopped.
As a partner in the ongoing water litigation in the Los Osos groundwater basin, they had the power to stop the practice themselves. Yes, it may have taken litigation, but common sense should have prevailed and protection of the basin made the highest priority.
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Now, the basin’s protection is put in place by a too little, too late, unfunded, unenforceable “mandate.” In light of the 150 million gallons dumped in the bay, the declaration made by the LOCSD is laughable.