July 2022 LOCSD ENEWS Online
Los Osos CSD Water Service Area Still Under a Stage III Declaration
This is a reminder that the LOCSD Board of Directors declared a Stage III Emergency in May 2015 with an allocation of 50 gallons per person per day. Given our current drought conditions, the Stage III prohibitions will help all residents meet these goals. Below are highlights of the key prohibitions and more details about the Stage III emergency and water conservation can be found on our website.
• Outdoor irrigation is only allowed between dusk and dawn.
• Do not use potable water to wash sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, open ground and other hard-surface areas by direct application.
• Do not wash automobiles, unless you have an automatic shut-off hose nozzle and do not allow water to run off your property.
• Use of water which results in flooding or run-off in gutters or streets is prohibited.
• No new intent-to-serve applications will be considered.
All Los Osos Tap Water Comes from Groundwater
By using water responsibly, we can make an enormous difference in protecting this resource for future generations. We estimate that watering the yard, filling hot tubs, washing cars and other outdoor water needs consumes over 25% of all the water used in a typical single-family home. By following simple outdoor water saving tips, you could save thousands of gallons every month.
For example, practice xeriscaping, which is simply landscaping with slow-growing, drought-tolerant plants to conserve water and reduce yard trimmings.
Using drought-tolerant plants is a way to plant a garden in a water-conscientious environment, but xeriscaping doesn’t mean planting California native plants only. While indigenous plants are naturally accustomed to local climates and good choices for water efficient landscapes, plants other than cacti and other succulents can withstand long periods with little water - think of the many colorful drought-tolerant plants native to Mediterranean climates.
A helpful resource to consider is the SLO Waterwise Landscaping website for more information on the watering guide for Coastal Areas!
Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)
The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is a onetime assistance program designed to help households that are facing the threat of imminent disconnection, have already been disconnected, or have past due (arrearage) on Water or Wastewater bills.
To be eligible for assistance through LIHWAP, applicants must:
· Be a San Luis Obispo County resident
· Provide proof of State Identification/ Driver’s License
· Receiving services from a Water or WasteWater system enrolled in the program (LOCSD is enrolled)
· Be income eligible or household member is a current recipient of CALFRESH or CALWORKS
· Have a past due amount on your water system or wastewater bill
Los Osos CSD is enrolled in LIHWAP. The state funds the program and the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo (CAPSLO) is managing the program within our County.
If you are interested in applying, please visit CAPSLO’s website, call CAPSLO at 1 (805) 541-4122 ext. 25 or 1 (800) 495-0501 ext. 14 ext. 15, email CAPSLO at Water@capslo.org, or visit CAPSLO’s office at 3970 Short Street, Suite # 110, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.
Notice of Vacancy for Finance Advisory Committee
The Los Osos Community Services District Board of Directors is looking for two qualified individuals to fill vacancies on the Finance Advisory Committee. The Committee plays an important role of advising the Board by monitoring, reviewing, and commenting on District financial activities, such as spending, budgeting, long-term planning and more. The Committee benefits from a variety of perspectives, professional backgrounds, and skills of its members.
You may submit applications to the Los Osos Community Services District office, 2122 9th Street, Suite 110, Los Osos, California, or mailed to P.O. Box 6064, Los Osos, California 93412.
An application form is available on the District website, at www.losososcsd.org/applications-being-accepted-for-finance-advisory-committee or call 805-528-9435 to receive a mailed form.
Applications will be reviewed, and a selection made by the appointing Board members, Chuck Cesena and Troy Gatchell. This is a great opportunity to be involved in our community and part of our local government.
Upcoming Meetings for August 2022 and September 2022
Here is a list of the monthly Board and Committee meetings:
· Finance Advisory Committee Meeting – August 1, 2022 @ 5:30PM
· Board of Directors Meeting Open Session – August 4, 2022 Closed Session @5:30PM and Open Session @ 6PM - Streamed live on the Districts facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/losososcsd
· Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Meeting – August 16, 2022 @5:30PM
· Utilities Advisory Committee Meeting – August 17, 2022 @5:30PM
· Emergency Services Advisory Committee Meeting– August 18, 2022 @5:30PM
· Finance Advisory Committee Meeting – August 29, 2022 @ 5:30PM
· Board of Directors Meeting Open Session –September 1, 2022 @ 6PM - Streamed live on the Districts facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/losososcsd
· Utilities Advisory Committee Meeting – September 21, 2022 @5:30PM
For more information about the upcoming meetings for LOCSD, please go to our website, or click here.