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State awards $2 million to Cachuma Lake pumping project
State awards $2 million to Cachuma Lake pumping project

Santa Barbara County water agencies announced Friday that they will receive $2 million in state funding for a pumping project at Cachuma Lake -- a source of drinking water for 220,000 people on the southern central coast -- where water levels have dropped precipitously low. As the California drought drags on, conditions have jeopardized the lake's gravity-fed system that supplies water to customers. If the situation does not improve, officials may have to begin pumping at the end of April or early May, said Randy Ward, general manager of the Cachuma Operation and Maintenance Board. The lake provides drinking water to the cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara, Montecito and Carpinteria....

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