Santa Maria

Santa Maria

Overview

Golden State Water has proudly served the Santa Maria Customer Service Area since 1976, providing high-quality, reliable water to approximately 13,400 customers in Santa Maria, Lake Marie, Nipomo, Orcutt, Sisquoc, Tanglewood, Cypress Ridge and surrounding areas.

Six water systems serve the Santa Maria Customer Service Area. Water delivered to customers in the Lake Marie, Nipomo, Cypress Ridge, Orcutt and Sisquoc systems comes from local groundwater, which is pumped from the Santa Maria Groundwater Basin through wells operated by Golden State Water. The Tanglewood System is primarily supplied from local groundwater pumped through wells operated by Golden State Water, and has a connection to receive supplemental surface water from the Central Coast Water Authority.

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Rates

As a regulated utility, Golden State Water’s rates are determined by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) through a General Rate Case (GRC) to ensure customers receive a fair rate for reliable, quality water service.

  • On July 15, 2020, Golden State Water filed a GRC application for the years 2022, 2023 and 2024. Learn more: 2022-24 GRC Fact Sheet
  • Effective Sept. 27, 2019, an average residential customer in the Santa Maria Customer Service Area would see a monthly bill increase of $0.145 per 748 gallons (1 Ccf), or approximately 3.1 percent, during the 12-month amortization period.
  • Effective June 8, 2019, an average residential customer in the Santa Maria Customer Service Area with a 5/8 x 3/4” meter using 14 Ccf per month would see a monthly bill increase of $5.17 from $56.16 to $61.33 compared to 2018 (excluding any applicable surcharges).
  • On May 30, 2019, Golden State Water’s GRC was approved by the State of California to set water rates for 2019, 2020 and 2021 and authorize infrastructure investments for the local system. New rates were implemented effective June 8, 2019. Learn more here. (EnglishSpanish)
  • On July 1, 2018, local water rates decreased by 4.27% to pass cost savings from the new lower federal corporate income tax requirement through to customers. Click here to learn more.

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Capital Projects

More than $2.1million in infrastructure improvements are planned for 2020 in the Santa Maria service area.

The 2020 investments include water supply enhancements, distribution and ongoing improvements designed to replace old meters, mains and safety equipment. Click here to learn more and access a list of projects planned for 2020.

Current & Upcoming Projects

This section is currently under construction. Please check regularly for the latest updates!

Recently Completed Projects

Lake Marie Reservoir Liner

Investment:
$260,000

Project Timeline:
November 2019 – Feb. 7, 2020

Construction crews worked to replace the existing liner in the Lake Marie reservoir.

This project will ensure Golden State Water can continue providing reliable water service to local customers.
 

outline of Alta Mesa Well Project

Alta Mesa Well
1710 Via Alta Mesa in Nipomo

Investment:
$820,000

Project Timeline:
Feb. 4, 2019 – Dec. 11, 2019

Working Hours:
TBD

Construction crews will work to install a water filtration system.

This project will ensure Golden State Water can continue providing reliable water service to local customers.
 

Portable Generator & Generator Connector 
Systemwide

Investment:
$266,000

Project Timeline:
Sept. 18, 2018 – Feb. 29, 2020

Working Hours:
Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Construction crews will work to install and connect emergency generators throughout the system.

This project will ensure Golden State Water can continue providing reliable water service to local customers during site-specific power outages.
 

SCADA System
Cypress Ridge System

Investment:
$1 million

Project Timeline:
July 1, 2019 – Spring 2020

Construction crews will work to install a SCADA system, which will allow for systemwide automation.

This project will ensure Golden State Water can continue providing reliable water service to local customers during site-specific power outages.
 

outline of Pinewood Plant Project

Pinewood Plant
3599 Pinewood Road

Investment:
$2.6 million

Project Timeline:
Sept. 18, 2018 – Oct. 31, 2019

Working Hours:
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Construction crews worked to:

  • Construct 238,000-gallon welded steel tank
  • Construct booster station

This project will increase the water storage capacity for the Tanglewood System.

View the construction notice.
 

outline of Oak Plant Project

Oak Plant
210 Oak Street in Orcutt

Investment:
$330,000

Project Timeline:
April 12, 2019 – June 19, 2019

Working Hours:
Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Construction crews worked to upgrade the well.

This project will improve the distribution system and ensure Golden State Water can continue providing reliable water service to local customers.
 

outline of Orcutt Hill Plant Project

Orcutt Hill Plant

Investment:
$.5 million

Project Timeline:
September 18, 2018 – September 16, 2019

Working Hours:
Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Construction crews worked to recoat the interior of the reservoir.

This project will extend the useful life of the reservoir and ensure Golden State Water can continue providing reliable water service to local customers.
 

outline of Marcum Street Project

Marcum Street
Marcum Street from Clark Avenue to the end

Investment:
$57,500

Project Timeline:
December 10, 2018 – January 9, 2019

Working Hours:
Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Construction crews worked to:

  • Install 165 feet of pipe
  • Install three services
  • Install a new flushout

This project will ensure Golden State Water can continue providing reliable water service to local customers.

View the construction notice.
 

outline of Derrick Alley Project

Orcutt
Derrick Alley from Clark Avenue to Union Avenue.

Investment:
$216,000

Project Timeline:
November 5, 2018 – December 31, 2018

Working Hours:
Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Construction crews worked to:

  • Install 350 LF of pipeline
  • Install one fire hydrant
  • Install 14 services

This project improved the distribution system and ensured Golden State Water can continue providing reliable water service to local customers.

View the construction notice.
 

outline of Orcutt Road Project

Orcutt Road
Orcutt Road between Shirley Lane to Lakeview Road and on Lakeview Road to Marvin Street.

Investment:
$1.2 million

Project Timeline:
July 16, 2018 – September 30, 2018

Working Hours:
Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Construction crews worked to:

  • Install 4,300 ft. of pipeline
  • Install 5 hydrants
  • Install 12 services

This project improved the distribution system and ensured Golden State Water can continue providing reliable water service to local customers.

View the construction notice.
 

outline of Mira Flores No. 1 Project

Mira Flores No. 1
280 Pabst Lane, Orcutt, CA

Project Timeline:
August 14, 2017 – January 3, 2018

Working Hours:
Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Construction crews worked to:

Remove and install a new roof for the Mira Flores No. 1 Reservoir
Click here to view the construction notice.

View the construction notice.

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Drought

Important Drought Notice:

The State Water Resources Control Board has instructed Golden State Water’s Cypress Ridge and Nipomo customers to reduce water usage by 36% as compared to 2013.

System Reduction goal Actual reduction *
Cypress Ridge 36% -29%
Nipomo 36% -39%

*Actual reduction (compared to 2013 usage)

In order to achieve the mandatory reductions established by the State Water Resources Control Board, the following Staged Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing plan has been filed for the local water system.

Current Stage: Stage 2, effective December 1, 2016

Stage 1: Outdoor irrigation limited to two days per week, before 8 AM or after 7 PM; even addresses on Sunday and Wednesday, odd addresses on Tuesday and Saturday

Stage 2: Irrigation restrictions from Stage 1; $2.50 emergency surcharge per CcF over allocation

Stage 3: Irrigation restrictions from Stage 1; $5 emergency surcharge per CcF over allocation

Stage 4: Irrigation restrictions from Stage 1; $10 emergency surcharge per CcF over allocation