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Water Issues and Drought

Drought affects Cambria's approach to Amgen Tour

Randol White

The drought is playing a big role in how the village of Cambria will host the Amgen Tour of California stage 4 finish in May. 

At the start of this month, leaders in Cambria put into effect mandatory water restrictions to deal with a declared water shortage emergency. At a town informational meeting Thursday night with Amgen organizers, city officials, local business owners and citizens, local concerns—including the water issue—were addressed. 

Amgen representatives say they plan to make the tour a zero waste event and are taking several steps to conserve Cambria's water supply. These steps include bringing in water for portable toilets. Also, sand bags or concrete blocks will stabilize tents, in place of water barrels.  

Local hotel owner Victoria Moreno, who serves as the Lifestyle Festival Chair for the Local Organizing Committee, was highly concerned about water usage for the event. Moreno said that the Amgen organization was accommodating to the needs of the community. 

"They are a truly wonderful group to work with," said Moreno. "We're an amazing town of people pulling together when we need to."

The race is scheduled to arrive in Cambria on Wednesday afternoon, May 14.

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