Providing Reliable, High Quality Water to Scotts Valley Since 1961

photo of SVWD staff members Our Core Values

• Be adaptable and forward looking
• Nurture positivity and collaboration
• Strive for efficiencies
• Go above and beyond the status quo of service

How our customers and partners feel after interacting with our organization is something we value, we strive to make improvements in all that we do to keep our standards high. We hope all of your experiences with the Scotts Valley Water District are positive, helpful and productive. We are honored to be a part of the community!

Our Advantage: Recycled Water

Our District had the foresight in 2002 to implement a recycled water program to reduce pumping from the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin. The $8.4 million project includes a 1.0 MGD tertiary treatment plant, a 600,000-gallon storage tank and 8 miles of distribution mains. The District’s goal is to deliver recycled water to all potential landscape irrigators, reducing the amount of withdrawal from the groundwater basin and conserving that water for future potable use. In 2014, recycled water usage totaled approximately 58 million gallons to 42 customers, bringing the total of recycled water deliveries since 2002 to approximately 466 million gallons of groundwater not pumped from the Santa Margarita Groundwater basin! Groundwater that is not pumped out of the basin is considered to be “left in storage” and therefore available for future beneficial uses.

Latest Updates

District Garden Awarded Monterey Bay Friendly Status

The District office's demonstration garden at 2 Civic Center Drive was just awarded Monterey Bay Friendly Landscaping status. Built with grant funds in 2010, the garden features regional natives and other low water plants. "Like all landscapes from time to time, our's needed freshening up and the certification encouraged us to make sure we were sustainable in every way," says Water Use Efficiency Coordinator LeAnne Ravinale. 

This District is looking to certifiy at least 20 gardens this year in the Scotts Valley area. The simple 9-point criteria for certification can be found at the Monterey Bay Friendly Landscaping website. Don't hesitate to contact the District if you're interested in a free qualification check, and/or rebates that will help get you there. The program is open to businesses and private residences and upon certification, participants are given full-color lawn signs and discounts to local landscaping retailers. Call 600-1907 or email for more information.

Main Flushing Program Slated for 3/16 to 4/1

The District will continue its annual flushing of water main pipes  through Tuesday April 1.

Flushing removes sediment from pipes and is required for water quality. Yellow or brown discoloration and cloudy water is normal, in addition to variable water pressure. The water is still safe to drink and meets state standards. 

See newspaper announcement, listing flushing days for your home or business.

Ruth Stiles Joins Scotts Valley Board of Directors

photo of new SVWD Board member Ruth Stiles Ruth Stiles is our newest SVWD Board Member. She's a Board Certified Master Arborist and horticultural consultant. She brings more than 30 years of insight from working with water efficiency in landscaping to the Board. Through first hand experience, Ruth has witnessed the rapid evolution of drip irrigation and landscape water conservation grow from fringe ideas to mainstream practices.