Property owners in the high desert communities of Acton, Agua Dulce and Juniper Hills who want to build homes are out of luck if they don’t have potable groundwater and are too far away to hook up to a water purveyor.
A solution could be looming on the horizon in the form of hauled water – water that’s trucked in and pumped into a holding tank.
Trouble is, county rules prohibit the use of hauled water for new construction.
Legally, it’s the only thing that appears to be standing in the way of up to 36,000 new homes.
According to a county report, the rule is place because the county health department can’t ensure hauled water meets quality standards when it’s uncertain where it came from and how it was transported and stored.
Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich started looking into the issue a couple of years ago. He organized a task force and hosted well-attended meetings in each of the three communities.
The task force issued a report this month that said if the county wants to change the policy and allow hauled water, property owners should have to contract with a state-licensed water hauler and use a county-approved storage tank and disinfection system
On Tuesday, Antonovich will ask his fellow supervisors to take the next step. He’s asking for authorization to find money and set a timetable to hire a consultant who would prepare the necessary environmental documents needed before the county could make the change; and to prepare a “single family residential hauled water use policy” for the supervisors’ future consideration.
The rule change, if it comes, would apply only to the three communities.