Work begins on pipeline to bring Atascadero water to Santa Margarita

Santa Margarita
Santa Margarita dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Construction has begun on a 2.5-mile pipeline that will supply emergency water to Santa Margarita.

Work on the $1.1 million project began Monday and is expected to be complete by the end of October. The new underground pipeline will provide drought relief for Santa Margarita, which is dependent on wells for its water supply, said Jeff Lee, project manager with the county Public Works Department.

The 8-inch pipeline will allow water to be supplied to Santa Margarita from the Atascadero Mutual Water Co. An emergency declaration by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors would be needed before the line could be activated.

“The project is not growth-inducing, and the water cannot be used for development,” Lee said.

The pipeline will run along El Camino Real with a turnout at Garden Farms. The work will require some lane closures, but these will only take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We know this is a very active bike corridor,” Lee said. “There will be no lane closures during peak hours.”

Funding for the project is provided by two grants. One grant is a California Department of Water Resources Proposition 84 drought grant, and the other is a U.S. Department of Agriculture emergency community water assistance grant.

Cal Portland Construction of Santa Maria was awarded the contract to perform the work.