Water & Drought

What a Stage 4 water shortage means for Nipomo

Nipomo’s elevated water shortage level could mean tougher restrictions if the CSD’s goals aren’t met.
Nipomo’s elevated water shortage level could mean tougher restrictions if the CSD’s goals aren’t met. Sacramento Bee

The Nipomo Community Services District is officially in a Stage 4 water shortage, the second highest level of water shortage in the district, though residents won’t face any new water restrictions just yet.

As it had previously indicated it would, the NCSD Board of Directors approved declaring the next stage of water shortage at its meeting Wednesday morning, while at the same time keeping the more moderate Stage 3 restrictions in place.

If the district doesn’t manage to meet its goal of reducing groundwater pumping by 50 percent this next year, however, the stricter restrictions could still be put into place, general manager Mario Iglesias said. The board will re-evaluate how the district is doing in January, and if it does not appear it has met its goal, it could choose to then implement the stage 4 restrictions.

Stage 3 restrictions prohibit using water to wash cars or vehicles, to fill pools or spas and for dust control or construction. It also limits the amount that can be used in municipal irrigation. Stage 3 also prohibits new applications for water service, though existing applications will be processed.

Stage 4 keeps all of those restrictions, but it also prohibits any municipal irrigation and suspends even pending applications for water service. It also requires groundwater pumping to be cut 50 percent, up from 30 percent in stage 3.

Kaytlyn Leslie: 805-781-7928, @kaytyleslie

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