What Cambrians Can Do BEFORE the Faucets Run Dry (or after, if it comes to that)
By William L. Seavey
It’s NOT inconceivable that some towns in California, including Cambria, may simply run out of water before this drought is over. One report suggests there are 17 small towns, including Willits, population 6000, that are vulnerable. In such case there is a definite possibility that eventually when you turn on your faucet, flush your toilet or start up your dishwasher, nothing will come out.
Mandatory water restrictions in Cambria imposed by the CCSD starting March 1, 2014 will require a cut back to two units per resident per month, or 50 gallons a day or 4 units per billing cycle to reduce consumption. All irrigating has been banned. (The average Californian uses 150 gallons per day so this will be a true hardship). You can apply to get an additional 4 units per billing period if there are two persons in your household to avoid a first violation 500% surcharge. Even for Cambrians, who are used to using 10-12 units (average) per billing period, 4 or even 8 units will be difficult to achieve, though not impossible if toilets aren’t flushed regularly, showers are shortened, and clothing is washed less often.
However, it may well come to pass that the CCSD could start cutting off delivery during certain low well periods, just like electric utilities do in certain parts of the Mideast. Long before this, however, there are threats in place to terminate your water delivery within three billing periods if you fail to meet the new draconian standards-- not to mention the imposition of additional penalties/fines.