C ambrians can tell their services district today, July 19, which qualities would be the most important for projects that could provide the town with more fresh water.
The workshop session on criteria for alternative water-supply projects starts at 1 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St.
One or more water projects, including desalination, could augment the town’s stock of fresh water and allow the board to remove a 2001 water-emergency declaration that has stopped nearly all new building since then.
District representatives and Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) consultants presented as about a dozen alternatives at a workshop June 14 and were to have tried to further whittle down the list of plausible projects.
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District officials plan to ask those at the meeting which criteria are the most crucial for each of the possibilities. The aim is to determine how each factor could affect each project, and get the public’s input on ranking those factors.
Projects that make the final cut are to be studied in formal environmental reports.
The district has pursued desalination for a couple of decades, and board members say they still support that option. However, they have mentioned authorizing a smaller plant and augmenting it with other projects, options that include treating and reusing water and supporting other means of lowering water consumption.
For details, contact district Engineer Robert Gresens at 927-6223 or email@example.com. —Kathe Tanner