H-NIPOMO

Mar 22, 2012 12:21 AM by John Reger

Good Question: Does Nipomo Have a Water Shortage?

Our Good Question tonight concerns a big issue facing property owners in the Nipomo area. Craig Armstrong of Nipomo wants to know: Is there actually a serious water shortage on the Nipomo Mesa? Good Question.

The General Manager of the Nipomo Community Services District says yes. Michael LeBrun says the area gets its water from one source, an underground aquifer. Every year, rain and snowmelt add 3,000 to 6,000 acre feet of water to the aquifer. But homes, businesses and agriculture use 12,000 thousand acre feet every year. So over time, the aquifer is being drained which allows more saltwater to seep in. That's why the CSD wants to build a $26 million pipeline to Santa Maria where there's more groundwater and a tie-in to state water.

Opponents say the pipeline costs are understated and a desalination project is a better idea.

On, Friday, 8,800 property owners will be mailed ballots to vote on whether they want to pay for the pipeline.

I know you have a lot more questions so send them to good question at ksby.com or, better yet, friend me at facebook.com/JohnRegerKsbyNews. The only bad question is the one you don't ask.

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