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Nipomo CSD continues to weigh water restrictions 

The Nipomo Community Services District’s board of directors is continuing to mull whether to enact additional water restrictions that could impact service to ongoing construction projects in the area.

The board didn’t take any formal action at its Dec. 14 meeting, but it received a report on the status of its intent-to-serve letters for water service for current projects, and their impact on the drought-stricken CSD. In July, the board declared a stage 4 water shortage. While it already suspended all new applications for service in 2015, the board still has the ability to halt processing active applications.

According to data presented to the board at the meeting, the CSD currently has seven projects sufficiently developed to start taking water within the next 12 to 14 months.

The seven projects would use an additional 19.2 million gallons of water per year. The number represents 0.3 percent of the CSD total water use last year, according to Nipomo CSD General Manager Mario Iglesias.

In a Dec. 21 letter to CSD residents, Iglesias indicated that additional measures may not be necessary because Nipomo was 1.5 percent away from meeting a mandatory 50 percent reduction in pumping imposed by the Nipomo Mesa Management Area Technical Group.

“The NCSD board of directors is calibrating its message to meet the stringent water restrictions, and it’s working,” Iglesias wrote.

The board is set to review conservation efforts and restrictions once again at its next meeting, scheduled for Jan. 25.

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