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Water Shortage FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

On July 15, 2021, the Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) Board of Directors voted to declare a Stage 4 Water Shortage Emergency, part of the CCSD’s six stage Water Shortage Contingency Plan (WSCP). This declaration was made to encourage the community to reduce consumption in response to low groundwater levels and a projected longer-than-average dry season. Each stage of the WSCP is designed to achieve certain levels of reduction in demand through various water shortage response actions and, in cases of shortage emergency, water rationing. This FAQ addresses common areas of confusion in the wake of the water shortage declaration.

Q: Am I being asked to reduce my consumption by 40%?

A: No. Although the WSCP includes corresponding reduction goals for each stage (ie. 40% in Stage 4), this reduction goal is applied to system demand in the aggregate. In other words, the CCSD hopes to see total consumption decrease by up to 40%. Customers who practice water use efficiency as a daily habit will not be asked to cut their consumption further but will be required to adhere to Stage 4 Shortage Response Actions. 

Q: How much water am I allowed to use?

A: Under a Stage 4 Water Shortage Emergency, water allocations are assigned depending on customer category. The allocations are as follows:

Customer CategoryAllocation Per Month
Residential (Single Family, Multifamily)3 units per permanent resident
 Vacation Rental3 units
Commercial3 units per EDU or fraction thereof, OR the average monthly water use in 2019

One "Unit" is 100 cubic feet or 748 gallons of water

"EDU" means Equivalent Dwelling Unit. The average water usage for a single-family residence, as determined by the district, constitutes one EDU.

Commercial customers will need to contact the CCSD to determine their allocation.

Q: What happens if I go over my allocation?

A: Although allocations are assigned under Stage 4, enforcement of the allocations do not take effect until Stage 5--Extreme Water Shortage Emergency. The allocations during a Stage 4 help reduce demand and acclimate customers to conservation measures which may be required to stay within their limits in a Stage 5. 

There are no penalties for exceeding your allocation during a Stage 4. Staff will be enforcing violations of shortage response actions. Visit for more information.

Q: How do I increase my allocation? What if someone moves in/moves out?

A: You can request a change in the number of permanent residents at any time, although submitting after utility bills are due will delay the effective date until the next billing cycle. Click here to access the Permanent Resident Certification Form. (Please note: Date of Birth is not a required field)


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