Cambria residents have a decision to make between now and July 24 on the rate proposal to finance a new emergency water supply project. We want that decision to be an informed one, based on facts. So it’s time to set the record straight on some of the claims that have appeared in the mail or in this newspaper.
Last week, Cambria residents received a mailer from a group calling itself “Cambrians for Fiscal Responsibility” that offers several false or misleading reasons to protest the proposed rates. Going down the list, they are:
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The same goes for water rights. Writing in the July 10 edition of The Cambrian, Lou Blanck claimed that the CCSD is ignoring the option of petitioning for expanded water rights in the Santa Rosa Creek aquifer. In fact, the CCSD has not ignored the expanded water rights option. It is in the process of applying to the State Water Resources Control Board for temporary changes in its diversion permit conditions, which govern when the wells can operate.
However, expanded rights do not ensure that the aquifer will remain full enough to use through the remainder of the dry season, particularly if the underflow of the creek stops and the upcoming rainy season is delayed, as it was last year.
This is why the CCSD has been so focused on developing a reliable back-up supply of water since early this year. We will continue doing all we can to ensure a long-term supply from existing sources, but the need now is for an additional supply that we can rely upon in severe droughts.