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Posted on: September 12, 2022

[ARCHIVED] First Joint Council Meeting to be Held on Central Coast Blue Project

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The first annual Joint Meeting of the three City Councils of Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, and Pismo Beach will be held on September 14, 2022, at 6:00pm at the South County Regional Center. At the joint meeting, staff from the cities and the consultant team, will provide a project overview, current schedule, update on water supply, and discuss the next steps toward construction, and operation for Central Coast Blue.

Those interested in participating in the meeting may do so in person at the South County Regional Center (800 W. Branch, Arroyo Grande, CA) or remotely via zoom and the link below. Each city will be posting a copy of the joint meeting agenda on their respective websites.

Watch and participate on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88506522714 or listen by telephone: 1-408-638-0968; 1-669-444-9171. Webinar ID: 885 0652 2714

Watch live online: SLO-SPAN

The cities of Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, and Arroyo Grande have previously approved an agreement solidifying the partnership for Central Coast Blue, a regional recycled water project that will provide a new, drought-resilient, water supply for the Five Cities community. Central Coast Blue is the first new water supply for the region in over 20 years. Drought conditions and water supply challenges across the state demonstrate the urgent need to provide a new, and sustainable water source to ensure that South County continues to thrive. The commitment and leadership by the three cities over a decade ago will serve generations for Five Cities families and businesses.

Central Coast Blue has been a multi-agency effort between the three cities and the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District. The goal of Central Coast Blue has been to enhance water supply reliability by injecting advanced purified water into the Santa Maria Groundwater Basin.

Reliability is achieved through the creation of a seawater intrusion barrier and supplementing the naturally occurring groundwater in the basin.

Recently, Central Coast Blue received a $14.1 million grant from the federal government under a Bureau of Reclamation Title XVI grant, with more grants funding potentially becoming available.

Additional Information About Central Coast Blue
This innovative multi-agency project was awarded a Helen Putnam Award by Cal Cities in 2021 for regional collaboration. In addition, the project has received six grant awards to date totaling $19.6M and is well-positioned to receive additional grant funding for up to 75% of the project costs. The project has also received awards for exceptional education and outreach efforts in 2019 at the WateReuse California Annual Conference, and again in 2019 at the 2019 National WateReuse Symposium.

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