ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. — Residents of southern San Luis Obispo County received an update Wednesday night on Central Coast Blue, the long-planned regional reclaimed water project.
The collaboration between Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach has been in the works for years and is slowly getting closer to reality.
Central Coast Blue is a recycled project that will develop a sustainable water supply and protect the groundwater basin.
Sewage would be purified at a planned facility at Grover Beach and reinjected into the ground.
“It’s kind of a microfilter and reverse osmosis system that’s going to take water from the Pismo sewerage district, treat it, and then pump it back into the groundwater, so it’s going to provide protection against intrusion. seawater for coastal communities, as well as the viability of groundwater for additional water use,” said Grover Beach Mayor Jeff Lee. “This is new water coming in, but it will not be permitted for new developments, more for water resilience for surrounding communities.”
On Wednesday evening, the three cities held a rare joint city council meeting at the South County Regional Center in Arroyo Grande.
It was the first meeting of its kind between the three municipal councils in more than 10 years.
The purpose of the meeting was to provide the public with an update on the Central Coast Blue, specifically focusing on the project overview, water supply drivers and project benefits, project governance , planning, and costs and financing.
During the meeting, it was revealed that the overall cost of the project had skyrocketed since the initial estimates. The price should now be at least $93 million, more than double what was expected in the past.
At least half of the cost should come from government grants, with cities picking up the rest of the funding.
For more on Central Coast Blue, watch News Channel tonight at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.