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Nipomo residents urged to continue water conservation efforts

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With all of the recent rain, the Nipomo Community Services District is looking forward to a new measure of its groundwater supply.

According to the Nipomo CSD, residents have reduced their water usage to about 100 gallons per person per day, but they're being encouraged to keep conserving, despite the wet weather. 

"Thirteen-thousand people in the boundary of the Nipomo Community Services District rely on groundwater and the mix of supplemental water coming from Santa Maria," said Nipomo CSD General Manager Mario Iglesias. 
The $30 million project to import water from Santa Maria and pump it into Nipomo's distribution system is expected to be completely finished by the end of the April. In the meantime, the community remains in a Stage IV Water Shortage. 

"Right now we have to reduce our groundwater pumping by 50 percent. If we did not have this supplemental water to make up that difference the community would have to stop all outside irrigation," said Iglesias. 

It was a project started three years ago to assist the seven groundwater wells that Nipomo residents relied on for their water. 

"We don't have the groundwater levels back yet. We can't tell the community that we are out of a drought situation until we get our groundwater table measurements," said Iglesias. 

"I believe that the rain we've had has helped but I'm sure we're not out of the drought," said Nipomo resident Debbie Nelly. 

"It's been a blessing but I don't think we're out of the woods just yet," said Nipomo visitor Jason Pimento. 

"I think anything we can do as customers in water district areas, anything we can do to conserve is only going to help make it better," said Nelly. 

"So the district and the community are hopeful that we will be moving out of Stage IV with all this rainfall where we can live our lives normally," said the Iglesias. 

Nipomo CSD water directors won't have updated data on the groundwater levels until June. Then, they can determine whether to move out of that Stage IV Shortage.

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