The federal government is going to help Lake Cachuma’s emergency project to pump water from the lake to southern Santa Barbara County.
The lake’s level is falling so low, the water may soon drop beneath the gravity feed intakes which move water from the Santa Ynez Valley, to the Santa Barbara area.
The Cachuma Operation and Maintenance Board approved an emergency project last spring to install pumps to get water from the lake to the intake pipes.
The cost will ultimately depend on how long the system is needed, but early estimates on the price tag are around $6 million dollar mark.
The Federal Bureau of Reclamation is going to contribute $300,000 for the project, through funding authorized as a result of the 1995 Drought Act.