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Rural water customers could face additional limits to outdoor use in San Luis Obispo County

Flickr member Linda Tanner

Rural water customer in San Luis Obispo County could soon be restricted to only Mondays and Thursday for outdoor water usage due to ongoing drought conditions.

The County Public Works Department will present the plan next week to the Board of Supervisors.

Affected areas include Cayucos, Shandon, Santa Margarita, and Avila Valley. Despite calls by the state to reduce water usage by 20 percent, residents in most of these areas are showing usage inline with last year.

"Of the four county service areas we have, only one of the areas has had any significant reduction and that was in Shandon, who reduced their usage by seven percent over the first six months of this year," said Dean Benedix, the county's Utilities Division Manager.

The Board of Supervisors will consider the plan at its meeting on August 19.

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