2015 Drought Emergency Regulations Program

Scotts Valley Water District announces 2015 Drought Emegency Regulations Program.
The Program has four main components:

  1. Weekly Irrigation Policy
    All potable water customers are required to comply with the established irrigation schedule of even-ending street numbers watering on Saturdays and Tuesdays and odd-ending street numbers watering on Sundays and Wednesdays.
  2. Target Scorecard
    Establishes a district-wide goal of 75 gallons per person per day and creates a mechanism by which the customers can assess their household use half way through a billing period and make corrections in their consumption if necessary.
  3. Updated Rebate Program
    Update the rebate program by dedicating majority of the funding allocations and staff resources to the outdoor water efficiencies.
  4. Water Waste Watch
    Update District Policy on Water Waste to add new outdoor landscape requirements.

SVWD Announces Outdoor Irrigation Limitations Effective Immediately

The State of California has mandated that all water agencies serving water to more than 3,000 customers must limit outdoor irrgation of turf and ornamental landscapes to two days per week. This policy is effective April 10, 2015 and will expire on December 23, 2015.
District customers are required to comply with the following irrigation schedule:

  • Homes and businesses with street addresses ending in an EVEN number irrigate on Saturday and Tuesday.
  • All irrigation must occur before 10am and after 5pm.
  • Homes and businesses with street addresses ending in an ODD number irrigate on Sunday and Wednesday.
  • All irrigation must occur before 10am and after 5pm.

- These restrictions apply to spray and drip (and other low volume) irrigation when it delivers potable water for ornamental landscapes.
- The restrictions do not appy to edible gardens and to hand-held watering devices such as watering cans and hoses with a shut-off nozzle when used for potted plants in containers.
- The new restrictions do not apply to Recycled Water.  Irrigation with recycled water can done any day of the week but must occur before 10am and after 5pm.
- Failure to comply with these regulations is punishable by a fine up to five hundred dollars ($500) for each day in which the violation occur.

For information on ways to save water outdoors visit our Water-Wise Landscaping page

SV & SLV Water District Managers Interviewed on Drought

Robert Aldana of My Scotts Valley web and Facebook pages, interviewed "sister" water district managers Piret Harmon of the Scotts Valley Water District and Brian Lee of the San Lorenzo Valley Water District on current state amd local drought restrictions, rebates, penalties, and resident incentives. SVWD Conservation Coordinator, LeAnne Ravinale also explains water restrictions of two assigned days per week, as well as free water saving devices in the last few minutes of the piece. The video can be found at this YouTube link. We appreciate Robert's help in getting the word out and thank our communities in advance for all your conservation efforts.

Governor announces first-ever statewide mandatory water reductions

The Governor's press conference on a dry sierra snow field on April 1, informed Californians that further reductions in water use will be mandatory this summer. These mandates are far ranging and structures are not yet in place as to what will be required and as well as offered to our District as a result. Click here for the link to the Santa Cruz Sentinel article and click here for a link to the Governor's mandate.  Expect to hear more from us on the topic as the drought continues!


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.