Representatives of Cambria’s services district have said for some time that they planned to dramatically increase this fiscal year the amount of money they’d spend on conserving fresh water, reusing treated water and retrofitting appliances and fixtures.
They pledged that, while last year’s budget for such expenditures—which, through the years had often been used for modest rebates when customers bought water-thrifty washers and low-water-use toilets— had been in the paltry neighborhood of $2,000, the 2012-2013 budget could include as much as $100,000 for conservation and recycling.
The five directors of the Cambria Community Services District unanimously voted June 28 to spend $69,000 of water-department funding for a new water conservation study by consultant William Maddaus. He is to determine the best bang for the district’s water-conservation bucks.
Maddaus is also reported to be experienced in dealing with county officials and the state’s Coastal Commission.
“The intent of this effort,” General Manager Jerry Gruber wrote in his staff report, is to “help upgrade, refine and expand the CCSD’s existing water-conservation program…and to also develop and evaluate hard data, and on a technically sound basis, document the CCSD’s ability to use water conservation as a means to offset demand from proposed water connections, thus allowing for a limited number of (new) connections to occur each year while the CCSD completes its long-term water supply project.”
In previous studies for other communities, Maddaus has proven that nexus before, according to Director Muril Clift.
As Gruber told his board, “staff feels this is an important part of the path we’re going down to releasing a limited amount … of intent-to-serve letters.”
Gruber said he’s hopeful that Maddaus would present a draft of the new conservation program in September, which the board could then approve in October.