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Santa Maria hosts Public Workshop about State Water Rates and Supplies

Posted at 10:47 PM, Sep 30, 2019

The City of Santa Maria invited the publice to attend a workshop explaining how the City's share of State Water costs are determined, and efforts to increase the availability of water supplies.

Representatives from the Central Coast Water Authority attended the event to address any questions the public may have.

CCWA owns and operates a water treatment plant that delivers water from the state water project to districts in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties at wholesale prices.

The city says it is required to buy 10,000 acre feet of water from the state water project.

"Tuesday night, the city council will hear an item regarding proposed rates, those rates are recommended by staff for both water and sewer to meet the needs of our water and sewer system," says Director of Utilities for the City of Santa Maria Shad Springer, "Some of those costs are related to state water, some are to replace an infrastructure that we have here in the city that's aging or needs replacements as well as costs for operation maintenance and repair of our existing system."

Another project being discussed is the Delta Conveyance Project. City leaders say it has been changed to help fix the delta water system in case of a earthquake, which may cause levees to fail.