After living in Los Osos 20 years, we moved a couple of years ago, but a friend has sent me newspaper clippings indicating the bureaucratic sewer madness continues. The latest estimates are for an average hookup cost of $3,000, plus a $250 annual property tax increase, plus a $120-$137 per month water charge.
First, consider that, with its present septic systems, Los Osos water quality is better than that of several nearby towns with sewer systems. Thereâ€™s a problem?
Second, remember that water quality is of no concern for almost all water usage: bathing, dish and car washing, laundry, lawn watering, toilet flushing, etc. A family of four uses 62 gallons, maximum, per month for drinking and cooking, where water quality is a consideration.
I wonder why the great minds of the RWQCB have not considered an alternative: Requiring each household to use bottled water for drinking. Bottled water suppliers currently charge about $110/month to deliver 62 gallons.
Or how about another, even cheaper, alternative: Requiring installation of a water purifying unit in the cold water line under kitchen sinks, the source of all drinking/cooking water. It would cost about $175, installed, and should last at least 15 years.
For a community of about 8,000 residences, the annual savings could amount to something like $15,320,000, and would eliminate the years-long trauma of torn up streets, lawns, trees, and shrubbery, and the expensive maintenance of a sewer system.
Los Ososâ€™ â€œwater problemâ€? is simply the RWQCB.