Scotts Valley Water District (SVWD) was created in 1961 by a vote of the people within the proposed District. It is formed under the County Water District Act with the purpose of providing water for domestic, commercial, municipal and firefighting purposes.
Beginning in 1962, SVWD acquired and consolidated several small mutual water supply systems. The District is located six miles north of the City of Santa Cruz, along State Highway 17 and covers approximately six square miles including most of the incorporated area of the City of Scotts Valley (population 11,600) and a portion of the unincorporated area north of the City. It generally follows the boundary of the City of Scotts Valley. Notable exceptions to the service area include Pasatiempo Pines and Manana Woods subdivisions, Vista Del Lago and Spring Lakes Mobile Home Parks that are served by San Lorenzo Valley Water District.
SVWD relies on groundwater sources from the regional Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin. Groundwater is the sole source of potable water supply for this area; thus careful management is necessary to manage the resource in a sustainable manner. The District maintains a number of ongoing programs to support the sustainable management of the groundwater resource including water use efficiency and the use of recycled water. In 2013, recycled water deliveries were approximately 200 acre-foot per year (AFY) that equals to about 13% of the total demand.
The District staff works closely with the City of Scotts Valley, the County Environmental Health Department and Regional Water Quality Control Board in protecting the local groundwater quality. The District, City and Fire District collaborate during the review of development plans to ensure compliance with regulations and consistency in conditions of approval.
SVWD is a member of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country. ACWA’s 430 members are collectively responsible for 90% of the water delivered to cities, farms, and business in California.
Governance & Compliance
The District is governed by a publicly elected, five-person Board of Directors who hold regularly scheduled public meetings on the second Thursday of each month. The day-to-day administrative and operational functions are conducted with a staff of eighteen employees. The Districts’ operating plan and certified personnel are regulated and certified by the State Water Resources Control Board (previously Department of Public Health).