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Cambria suspends water distribution from Rodeo Grounds site

Pickups line up Saturday, July 19, to fill tanks with nonpotable water at the station on Rodeo Grounds Road.
Pickups line up Saturday, July 19, to fill tanks with nonpotable water at the station on Rodeo Grounds Road. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The Cambria Community Services District has suspended until at least Aug. 4 any distribution of nonpotable water from its Rodeo Grounds property.

The purpose of the closure is to determine if pumping from a well along Santa Rosa Creek called SR-1 is lowering water levels at a downstream monitoring well called Windsor Bridge East. Levels at the monitoring well have dropped below the minimum three-foot level during the past week.

Residents have been allowed to take water from the Rodeo Grounds to be used for landscaping. As of Thursday, nearly 7 acre-feet of water have been pumped from that location.

The district is suspending pumping from SR-1 to determine if that is contributing to the recent drop in water levels at the monitoring well. It is also asking state water officials to allow the minimum water level at the monitoring well to be two feet.

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