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At a SLO County Board of Supervisors hearing scheduled for January 15th they will discuss and consider approving water conservation retrofit/permit ordinances.

If approved, the two proposed ordinances would immediately affect those living within either the Nipomo Mesa Water Conservation Area and the Los Osos Groundwater Basin Area.

There are appoximately 300+ sellers who currently have their homes on the market in those areas (Nipomo, Los Osos and Arroyo Grande Mesa), and before they can close escrow they would have spend $$$ to tear out and replace plumbing fixtures, etc.

The Pismo Coast Association of REALTORS sent out an email to its members to alert everyone about the January 15th meeting. They also have done some research on the toilets required in the ordinances and did not find any local suppliers that carried a product that would meet the requirement.

While water conversation is an important issue that we all should help out with, it sounds like the County may be rushing into an ordinance without looking at the details of the retrofits that they are requiring. Hopefully homeowners won’t have to pay a premium for the products required and that the money is kept in the County vs. giving it to out-of-town suppliers! ‘

I have put up the ordinances and the Q/A document that the Pismo Coast Association of REALTORS put together. You can access this information here

Written by Keith Byrd - Go to Keith's Website/Profile