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Nipomo CSD to hold talks about drought, Santa Maria pipeline

Nipomo Community Services District board President James Harrison introduces Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian in October 2013 as the board celebrated the first phase of water pipeline construction from Santa Maria to Nipomo.
Nipomo Community Services District board President James Harrison introduces Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian in October 2013 as the board celebrated the first phase of water pipeline construction from Santa Maria to Nipomo. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

The Nipomo Community Services District is hosting two public information sessions Tuesday for residents to learn more about the district’s response to the drought and the upcoming arrival of additional water into the community from Santa Maria.

The first meeting starts at 3 p.m. at the Blacklake Golf Resort’s club house, 1490 Golf Course Lane; followed by another session at 6 p.m. at the Nipomo Community Services District’s board room, 148 S. Wilson St.

Supplemental water from the long-awaited Santa Maria pipeline is set to begin flowing into Nipomo on July 1, and customers can expect a corresponding jump in their water bills as the district begins to charge its next tier of conservation rates.

In a previous Tribune interview, General Manager Michael LeBrun said the district would begin testing the pipeline in June, and the first of the supplemental water will be delivered to customers soon after.

The pipeline is being built in phases, with about 650 acre-feet of water delivered annually in the first phase and 3,000 acre-feet per year at build-out. Nipomo district customers’ water bills will jump by about 30 percent when water starts flowing in July, LeBrun said.

He was not available for additional comment Monday morning.

The $17.5 million pipeline project gives Nipomo a second source of water beyond its reliance on the groundwater basin.

At the same time, Nipomo is required by the state to cut its water use by 28 percent compared with 2013 use.

In April, the community cut water use 20 percent compared with April 2013, with residents using 131.3 gallons of water per person per day, according to the State Water Resources Control Board.

For more information, go to http://ncsd.ca.gov/.

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