Cambria CA Water Prices

Real Estate Agent with Sand Shell Realty
Cambria WaterCambria water is still the most valuable resource is Cambria California as this season’s rain fall is lower than any previously recorded since 1973. Surcharges are planned on being implemented to penalize hefty Cambria water users. Water and sewer bills for all Cambria Community Services District customers are expected to rise soon, as the board begins a series of hikes over the next five years. 

20 units of water used in two months will cost $235.26, up from $156.84

61 units will cost $1,932.98, up from $351.45 

These dramatic increases are reflecting the Cambria district’s well levels are as low as they’ve been since 1988-1990 which was the final years of Cambria’s six-year drought.

Cambria real estate is currently in a building moratorium causing the value of most lots to drop in value, some being sold for under $10,000 while others on the ocean going for $2M+. The building moratorium is planned on being relieved somewhere near 2011 with the building of a desalinization plant that will distribute water hookups to 800 Cambria parcels. The parcels receiving hookups are all reserved on the Cambria water wait list comprised of about 650 positions, some of these positions are being sold separately from the lots themselves.

There are currently 78 water positions being sold in Cambria from $87,000 for position 606 to $299,000 for position 12 and $389,000 for a water hook-up to build now.

Though the water situation in Cambria is complicated it hasn’t detracted the desirability of this charming small town on the Central Coast of California called Cambria Pines by the Sea. The local community thrives on tourism and the public events like the 4th of July fireworks, the annual Pinedorado, the many car shows throughout the year, and the ever famous Hearst Castle in San Simeon.

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Comments (5)


That is a good brief summary of Cambria's water shortage and some of it's consequences. The town's water supply is provided entirely by wells into underground areas of water that fluctuate in amount and quality, depending on rainfall amounts and timing. This situation in Cambria has been present for a remarkably long time. When was the first building moratorium? How many others have there been in the decades since? How many dry cycles of low rainfall have there been over these years?

During the intervening years of Cambria's water shortage, the town's wells have been investigated and alternative sources have been studied. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be any additional water supplies becoming available to the community anytime soon. Apparently, the relatively few gallons of water that remain in the town's wells are now going to be sold for use by the citizens and tourists at a very high price. That first building moratorium may actually have been something of a political warning shot across the proverbial bow of the community.

Oct 20, 2007 07:28 PM
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Dec 31, 2007 01:28 PM
reo_homes for_sale
reo homes for sale - Indianola, WA

Looks like everything is going up. Sucks.

May 15, 2008 07:13 PM
Bob Volanti
Keller Williams Realty Fresno - Clovis, CA
Fresno and Clovis, CA Realtor

Nice Post Abraham,

I didn't know water was such a problem in Cambria. My family and I are planning another weekend there this summer. Beautiful place.

May 18, 2008 05:15 AM
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging


Thank you for sharing this information about the water issues that Cambria is currently facing. I have friends that live in Cambria and I wasn't aware they were having this problem.  That is very unfortunate for the local businesses as I know they depend on tourism to get by and the added prices to their water bill I am sure is not helpful. Have they been rationing water for businesses and homeowners, or are they just increasing the cost of the water as a way to curb any wasteful use of it? 

May 19, 2008 07:55 AM