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The Scotts Valley Water District (SVWD) today announced it is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on its Board of Directors. Applicants who are passionate about public service and willing to explore the complexities of the water industry are invited to submit an application by July 10, 2017.

The Board of Directors will conduct interviews on July 17 and the appointment will be made by July 28. The partial term will begin in August and continue through November 2018, when the appointee is eligible to run for election to a 4-year term.

Applicants are required to:

  • Be a registered voter
  • Reside in the District’s service area
  • Attend regular Board meetings (second Tuesday of each month)
  • Attend one or more Board committee meetings per month
  • Read and digest monthly board packets (50-150 pages)

The Board of Directors has oversight over Scotts Valley Water District and appoints the General Manager to handle day-to-day operations. The Directors have the power to set the budget, set water rates and establish policies that support the vision and mission of the District. The Board meets monthly to provide direction to the staff on matters such as groundwater sustainability, statewide mandates and regional conjunctive use projects.

Directors have to remain objective and responsive to the needs of the public they serve. They must make decisions within the proper channels of governmental structure, and not use public office for personal gain. Directors also serve on the District's standing committees and may represent the District on agency boards and commissions in the region or statewide.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to: Board President, Scotts Valley Water District, 2 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley, California 95066 or via email. Questions please call 831-600-1919.

The Board of Directors vacancy was created when longtime District Director Ken Kannegaard died May 27 following a courageous battle with cancer. Director Kannegaard had served on the board since 2006 and was a highly dedicated public servant.

District Mourns Passing of Director Ken Kannegaard

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA – The Scotts Valley Water District is saddened to announce the passing of District Director Ken Kannegaard on May 27, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Director Kannegaard was a highly dedicated public servant, first elected to the Scotts Valley Water District Board of Directors in 2006, and reelected in 2010 and 2014. He served most recently on the Water Resources & Engineering Committee, having served previously on the Executive & Public Affairs Committee and the Finance & Personnel Committee. Director Kannegaard was elected by his fellow directors to be Board President in 2015.

“Ken thought of the District as his second family and deeply cared about the organization and its people,” said General Manager Piret Harmon. “Ken had an inquisitive mind and a caring presence. He took the responsibility of leading the Water District extremely seriously, while always maintaining a gentle demeanor and a wonderful sense of humor. He will be dearly missed.”

A celebration of life is planned for July 1 at 2:00 pm, at Scotts Valley High.


New Administrative Code

New Administrative Code
In our continuing effort to inform our customers of the rules and regulations governing our agency, the Board of Directors has adopted the Scotts Valley Water District Administrative Code.

The Administrative Code prescribes the rules and regulations applicable to the functions of the District.   It organizes and replaces the Rates, Rules and Regulations that were adopted in 1996 and revised  40 times over the last 20 years and included unnecessary and outdated information. 

Click here to view the Scotts Valley Water District Adminstrative Code

Groundwater Recharge System Up and Running During Winter Storms

Scotts Valley Water District is putting the final touches on the project

(FEB. 7, 2017) SCOTTS VALLEY, CA – The Scotts Valley Water District (SVWD) announced today its new groundwater recharge system at the Scotts Valley Transit Center is operational and has been percolating runoff from recent storms into the ground. Click here to view project information including a photo gallery.

Funded by a “low impact development” retrofit grant from the State, the project allows the capture and treatment of stormwater from the Scotts Valley Transit Center parking lot. The District has received more than 51.62 inches of rain as of Monday, Feb. 6, which began Oct. 1, 2016.

The aim of this project is to help recharge the aquifer. Once captured and treated, the water seeps through the soil into the aquifer that Scotts Valley Water District draws on to provide water to customers. It takes years for water to travel through layers of soil and sandstone into...

2017 Water Main Flushing Notification

Scotts Valley Water District will flush water mains February 28, 2017 and March 10, 2017. Please locate your home or business on the schedule below and minimize water use between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on your flushing day. To receive an email reminder, send your address to engineering@svwd.org or visit www.svwd.org.

Flushing removes sediment from pipelines to maintain water quality. Yellow to brown discoloration may occur from dislodged sediment. Cloudy to milky discoloration may occur from entrained air. Flushing may cause varying water pressure. The water is safe to drink and complies with State Water Resources Control Board standards.

If your water is discolored, flush from a cold water fixture as far away from your water meter as possible and let the water run until clear. This could take 5-10 minutes. Do not use a hot water tap to flush, as this draws sediment into your hot water heater. Abstain from doing laundry on the day of flushing and make sure your water is clear before running your washing machine.

Be Prepared for Water Emergencies

photo of a flooded road Scotts Valley Water District is prepared for winter storms and we want you to be as well. Taking the following actions will put you in the best position to help yourself, your family and community during any water or other emergencies:

  1. Stay connected with the Water District through Facebook and our website.
  2. Call to make sure we have all of your current contact information and post the Water District phone number of 438-2363, along with other emergency numbers, at home and work.
  3. Report any leaks or water waste that you see by calling us at 438-2363 or reporting non-urgent leaks on our website.
  4. The City of Scotts Valley Public Works Department maintains roads and storm drains. If needed, contact them at 438-5854.
    Call the Scotts Valley Police Department at 440-5670 for after-hours water emergencies (weekends and before 8am and after 5pm on weekdays). They will dispatch our on-call crew as...

Proposition 218 Notice Amendment

Propostion 218 Notice Amendment
This amendment clarifies the Bi-Monthly Potable Water Rates for Residential Tiered Rates in the original Proposition 218 notice.  All other rate information remains the same.  
Click here to view the Prop 218 Notice Amendment as pdf file
Click here to view Presentation Boards on the Water Rate Study and proposed rate increases.

Scotts Valley Water District is proposing a rate increase and changes to rate structures. The Scotts Valley Water District Board of Directors will hold a Public Hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 12, 2016. The Board of Directors will consider adoption of the proposed water rates, fees and charges, and changes to the water rate structure affecting all water cusotmers.  Interested personson  are encouraged to attend and comment on the issues be discussed.  The meeting will be held in the Santa Margarita Community Room located downstiars at 2 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley, California.  If adopted the rates would go into effect on December 13, 2016 instead of  December 9, 2016 as stated in the original Proposition 218 notice.