City drills down into water supply facts
City presents its water vision and strategy
At the first ever State of the City event hosted by the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom on Tuesday, Paso Robles City Manager Jim App and water consultant Christine Halley used the presentation to reassure the community that the city has a steady and reliable supply of water. The city presented maps and graphics, some of which are included in this report, that show the city’s water strategy.
The city has a current annual demand for 6,700 acre-feet of water and is projected to supply 13,000 acre-feet of water in the future as the city’s population slowly grows to 44,000.
While some rural residents outside of the city limits who live atop the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin are reporting wells 200-300 ft. deep going dry, the city’s strategy for multiple sources of water, including recycling, recharging and conservation, will allow the city to continue to grow.
The demand will be met by wells in the Salinas River underflow and the Nacimiento Water Project as it comes online. Even at just 23-percent full, Lake Nacimiento holds 86,000 acre-feet of water. The change to Nacimiento water will lead to a dramatic drop in the city’s usage from the groundwater basin.