The Vallecitos Water District, which provides water in and around San Marcos, told state regulators that demand for water will soon exceed its supplies. The state believes the district messed up the numbers by overestimating demand, but the report is threatening new development around San Marcos and worrying residents.
A water shortage that exists entirely on paper is causing problems in the real world.
The Vallecitos Water District, which provides water to 97,000 people in and around San Marcos, told state regulators that demand for water will soon exceed its supplies.
Its projected shortage is 3.7 billion gallons a year by 2020, enough water for tens of thousands of people.
San Marcos residents are alarmed. They fear they’ll be forced to ration water.
The estimates also threaten new development across San Marcos. The Newland Sierra project – one of the largest housing developments proposed in the county – is facing a lawsuit alleging there isn’t enough water for the 6,000 people expected to live there.