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Water Issues and Drought

Cambria's emergency water solution moves forward with a strong mix of community opinion


UPDATE: October 15, 2014 at 3:41 p.m.

LandWatch of San Luis Obispo, a group working to change the course of the Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) water project, filed a lawsuit in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court on Tuesday.

The suit is an effort to address environmental and financial concerns over the project.


The residents of Cambria are among the most severely impacted by the ongoing drought conditions on California's Central Coast.

Unlike most other locations, the Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) has a single source for its water supply. Should the local wells run dry, the district would be forced to truck in fresh supplies, which was the fear heading into this fall and winter.

Conservation on the part of residents and businesses however has helped to maintain well levels, putting off such a scenario for the immediate future.

The district is also working on a new emergency project to help boost the well levels. Its plan is to use filtered brackish groundwater that is pumped back into the ground.

Not everyone in the district backs this plan, however, and site a number of reasons, including its multi-million dollar price tag.

The strongest voices against the project are coming from Tina Dickason's group, Cambrians for Change. She says building a new reservoir is a better alternative, and says she's concerned over a number of environmental issues.