The Nipomo Community Services District board reaffirmed its position Wednesday that it will not process any new applications for water service.
The board had suspended its processing of new applications in May, shortly after Nipomo property owners had voted against a $26 million plan to finance a pipeline to bring water to the community from Santa Maria.
The board voted 3-2 to maintain the policy, district General Manager Michael LeBrun said. Board President Jim Harrison dissented, saying he didn’t think the district should suspend new applications for service.
Board member Larry Vierheilig also dissented but said after the vote that he wanted to make sure the policy would be brought back to the board, LeBrun said.
Board members said they will take another look at the ordinance in May 2013 — or sooner, if the board agrees on a new project to bring additional water to the Nipomo Mesa, LeBrun said.
The entire community relies on one source of water, an underground aquifer, which district leaders say is being depleted faster than it’s being replenished.
The district’s continued policy won’t affect the approximately 15 intent-to-serve applicants that were being processed prior to the district’s initial action in May, nor will it impact an outstanding 340 “will-serve” letters, according to updated information provided by district officials.
An intent-to-serve letter indicates the district will provide water if certain conditions are met; a will-serve letter means the district has committed to providing water service.