The Salinas River bank in Paso Robles, California, is at risk of collapsing after two rainy winters, which could damage a valuable river well field and a water treatment plant. The SLO County city also gets water from a Lake Nacimiento reservoir.
San Luis Obispo County drought conditions have held steady in since spring rains but worsened along the coast in Northern and Southern California, spreading fire conditions across the state, U.S. Drought Monitor maps show.
The Cambria Fire Department and Cal Fire San Luis Obispo County are gearing up for an intense wildfire season for summer 2018, with drought conditions still persisting throughout North County communities.
A Paso Robles, California, recycled water treatment facility is expected to be completed by January 2019. The $14.4 million plant will treat wastewater to be used to irrigate SLO County farms, vineyards, golf courses, schools and parks.
A Morro Bay, California, commission issued a statement of support for the city council to authorize a $41 monthly surcharge to water, sewer ratepayers to replace the city's wastewater treatment facility.
Crews installing underground cable wires on Monterey Road north of Paso Robles on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, drilled a hole in a Nacimiento Water Project pipeline, spilling approximately 1.2 million gallons of water.
In 1954, San Luis Obispo County officials gave away Lake Nacimiento, which would become the region's biggest reservoir, to Monterey County. Salinas Valley farmers now use the reservoir to store water and release it for irrigation.
Water levels at Lopez Lake have dropped so drastically because of California’s drought that the sensor recording the elevation is — once again — above water. San Luis Obispo County Public Works is expected to remedy the problem next week, but in the meantime, lake levels have to be measured by hand.
The Arroyo Grande City Council approved a new set of “triggers” for water shortage emergencies at its meeting Tuesday night that would require residents to conserve an additional 5 percent more water than their current targets, as well as instate a building moratorium on new development. But the moratorium will not go into effect until Lopez Lake water levels fall below 10,000 acre feet.