California American Water (Cal-Am) is the primary purveyor of water for the Monterey Peninsula. The majority of the water used by Cal-Am comes from either the Carmel River or the Seaside Basin. In 1995, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) ruled that Cal-Am did not have valid permits for the majority of the water it was pumping from the Carmel River and limited the amount of water that could be pumped (Order 95-10). In October, 2009 the SWRCB issued a Cease and Desist Order requiring that Cal-Am cease its unauthorized diversions by December 31, 2016.
With the unresolved issues related to finding a regional water solution, it is important that the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea be proactive in determining how to prepare for a restricted water supply in the future. On November 1, 2011, the City Council approved a Water Conservation Work Plan to assist with reducing water use in the City. Below is a link to Carmel’s Water Conservation Plan as well as an update presented to the Council on September 11, 2012.
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