The mission of the Cambria Water Department is to provide high-quality water to the citizens of Cambria in a safe, environmentally sensitive and economical manner.
The Water Department is responsible for installation of new water service, well head and service meter repairs and readings, creek monitoring, water treatment and testing, production tracking, measuring well levels, and other water-related functions.
The Water Department consists of four experienced and highly trained professionals. The department is lead by Water Systems Supervisor Jason Buhl. All employees are licensed water treatment and distribution operators and undergo extensive continuing education to maintain their State licenses. After hours, there is always one qualified operator on call to respond to community water emergencies 24/7.
Where your water comes from
All of Cambria's water comes from wells drilled into aquifers in the San Simeon and Santa Rosa Creek basins. The quantity of water in an aquifer and the water produced by a well depend on the nature of the rock, sand or soil in the aquifer. The State of California mandates how much water the CCSD can pump from both creeks. Currently, the majority of Cambria's water supply is obtained from San Simeon Creek.
How it gets to you
Cambria's water is transported under pressure through a 60-mile network of buried pipes. Smaller pipes are attached to the main water lines to bring water from the distribution network to your home or business. These pipes require continuous repair and replacement to avoid leaks and system failures. Water is pumped into storage tanks around Cambria with a total capacity of 980,000 gallons. Booster pump stations "lift" water to the tanks, which are located at higher elevations than the homes they serve. When you turn on the tap, the force of gravity pushes the water into your home or business. The wells pump water until demand is met and tanks are full. When demand increases, the tank levels start dropping. They are monitored regularly to ensure there is always sufficient water to meet customer and firefighting needs. Recently, the CCSD Board approved construction of additional water storage tanks to strengthen Cambria's firefighting capability.