by ANDY SEVILLA
San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz and Carma Texas General Manager Shaun Cranston told city residents Tuesday that they will attempt to address environmental concerns with the proposed Paso Robles development.
Narvaiz said resident worries about the use of reclaimed water on the development’s 18-hole golf course have stimulated to a search for an alternative.
Several residents complained at a special city council meeting Tuesday about potential pollution to the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone from the proposed use of treated waste water on the golf course. Opponents to the project say drugs and endocrine disruptors used to treat the city’s waste water and effluent could potentially trickle into the Edwards Aquifer and compromise water quality.
Plans for the gated community’s golf course on the south edge of the city indicate that between three and five of the course’s 18 holes will be situated above the Edwards Aquifer.
Narvaiz said a possible solution is the use of potable water, as opposed to reclaimed water, thereby eliminating the chance of treated waste water components making their way to the aquifer. Narvaiz said another alternative has been brought up, adding that she will provide details once discussions begin on that option.
Cranston said he’s open to discussing possible alternatives to the use of reclaimed water.
“Carma’s commitment to the (Paso Robles) project is to make the best project that we can,” Cranston said.