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Looking Back: Water Expansion is Banned 

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Excerpt from The Paso Robles Journal, Thursday June 22, 1950

Council Will Refuse All Outside Service

Present Lines Operating At Capacity Load and Additional Users Would Be Too Great a Drain on Present Supply, Is Claim

Water service to a house on Capitol Hill on the east side for Mrs. N.M. Forrington and to a house in the Keefer tract on the west city limits to Harriet Cooper and Charlotte Reideman, were granted by the city council Monday night and then the trustees clamped down on further expansion of the water system as they unanimously adopted the following resolution:

“Whereas the city council of the City of El Paso de Robles finds that the residents within the city require increasing amounts of water, and

“Whereas, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the water department to furnish water to water users outside the city limits, and

“Whereas water mains outside the city limits have reached their maximum capacity and are inadequate to furnish water to additional users outside the city limits,

“Now, Therefore, the city council of the City of El Paso de Robles does resolve as follows:

“That all applications for water to be furnished outside the corporate limits of the city be denied.”

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This “Looking Back” view at Paso Robles history comes from one of the hundreds of local newspapers in the Paso Robles Area Historical Society collection. Several local newspapers, dating from the 1800s, have reported on local, national and world events, providing priceless historical views of our community that are not available from any other source. The Historical Society is seeking community support for the multi-phased Newspaper Preservation Project to help fund the transfer of these aged and fragile pages to microfilm and digital images. See the society website for more information about becoming a member or donating to any phase of this project.

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