Revised state water conservation rules mean changes for SLO County

State water officials announced new proposed conservation rules for communities across California on Saturday and the changes mean a reprieve for several cities in San Luis Obispo County.

For several local communities, however, the proposed rules just got tougher.

Under the new State Water Resources Control Board proposal, Cambria, Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, the city of San Luis Obispo and especially Morro Bay face lower mandatory cuts than the board proposed in its first go-round earlier this month.

Already recognized as water savers, Cambria and Grover Beach would now be required to cut water use by 8 percent rather than 10 percent. Morro Bay can cut 12 percent instead of the previous 20 percent, while San Luis Obispo can cut 16 percent rather than 25 percent under the old plan.

Pismo Beach can cut 32 percent instead of the earlier 35 percent.

Four communities face tougher standards under the new plan.

Atascadero, Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande and Nipomo now must cut 28 percent under the new proposal, up from the earlier 25 percent.

The water board rules are aimed at meeting an order from Gov. Jerry Brown for an overall 25 percent reduction in water use statewide.The water board will consider whether to implement the proposed rules when it meets on May 5-6.