Water News

Calling high school and college videographers! Enter the Save Water video contest now!

The contest is open to high school and college students in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties and video entries are due online by midnight on April 10th, 2018.
Inspire others to save water or prevent water pollution by making a short newscast, skit, animation, commercial or even a music video. The winning films will earn fabulous prizes and be broadcast on TV and at local movie theaters!
Contest Themes:
Your goal is to create a high quality video that convinces people to save and protect water. Choose from one of these video submission categories:
Inspire residents and/or businesses to take one specific action that conserves water or prevents pollution to our water supply. 
Tell a story about a resident or business that has taken action to conserve our water resources or prevent water pollution. 
Create a visual representation of how much water is saved by taking a specific water conservation action.
Learn more here.

Join Our Team - Temporary Water Facility Worker

Scotts Valley Water District is currently recruiting for a Water Facilities Worker (Temporary)
This is a temporary non-benefitted position that is not linked to any regular positions of the same name. The work schedule is 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and is limited to a total of 999 hours in a fiscal year.
Salary Range:     $18.00 - $22.00 hourly
Posted:                February 9, 2018
Closing Date:     Open Until Filled, Apply Immediately
To Apply:
A district application is required. Click here to download a District Application or pick up in person at the District Office, 2 Civic Center Drive. Submit materials by email employment@svwd.org or in person.  

$1 MILLION Grant Recommended for Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency by CA Department of Water Resources

Grant will fund plan for sustainability of groundwater basin that supplies water to residents and businesses in the San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley and adjacent areas.
The Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency (SMGWA) today announced the California Department of Water Resources has recommended a $1 million matching grant to help fund development of a state-mandated groundwater sustainability plan. Funding for the grant comes from Proposition 1, passed by California voters in 2014. Before funding is finalized, a public comment period will be open until February 21, at 5:00 p.m.

PROGRESS ON WELL REPLACEMENT

The District announced today it is making progress with the well replacement project started after the District’s top-performing well unexpectedly collapsed in August 2017 after 25 years of service.
Crews from Pacific Coast Drilling reached final depth for the new well — just under 1,500 feet — drilling and well construction are now complete with test pumping scheduled to begin January 29. Next, infrastructure work that includes piping, electrical service, and pump controls is expected to be completed by the end of March.
Well 7A, located at the Orchard Run Treatment Facility, sustained a cave-in of a well column at approximately 900 feet underground. Repair of the well was determined to be impossible. Well 7A was the District’s top-producing well, providing 30-40 percent of the District’s potable water. To meet water demands while the replacement well is under construction, the District increase production from its other wells and encouraged customers to make water-efficient choices.

JOIN US TO DISCUSS A PLANNED RATE INCREASE

The SVWD Board of Directors will meet Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. to review a planned rate increase that would take effect 12/13/17. The SVWD Board made a commitment to our customers to evaluate the need for rate increases each year prior to the scheduled effective date. Please join us for this important discussion, during which we will consider current revenue and expenses, as well as other important data. Meeting location: Santa Margarita Community Room, 2 Civic Center Dr. in Scotts Valley.

Temporary Water Service Interruption Thursday October 5, 2017 starting at 8:30 a.m.

TEMPORARY WATER SERVICE INTERRUPTION: A leaking fire hydrant on Whispering Pines Dr. must be repaired, requiring the District to shut down water service tomorrow (Thursday) at 8:30am for approximately 6 hours, affecting the following streets: Whispering Pines (100 Block only), Lundy Lane, Silver Birch, Arabian Way, Carriage Lane, Appaloosa Court, Morgan Court and Quarterhorse Lane. During the closure period, customers are asked to TURN OFF all indoor and outdoor faucets. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate affected customers' cooperation.
 

SCOTTS VALLEY WATER DISTRICT TO REPLACE COLLAPSED WELL

Water production increased at other well sites to make up for loss of top-producing well; new well to be drilled
(SEPT. 13, 2017) SCOTTS VALLEY, CA – The Scotts Valley Water District today announced one of its wells has failed due to a cave-in of the well column at approximately 900 feet underground. The 25-year-old well located at the Orchard Run Treatment Plant site was the district’s top-producing well, providing 30-40% of the district’s potable water. Following an investigation and evaluation of the damage, repair of the well was deemed impossible. To make up for the loss of this source, production has been increased at other district-owned well sites.
“Though we are frustrated to have suffered the problem of aging infrastructure at this scale, we remain confident we can continue to meet customer demand while developing our plan of action for a replacement well,” said Piret Harmon, district general manager. “In the months ahead, the district will proceed with drilling a new well near the old one. We expect to have this work completed by the end of this year. In the meantime, we will rely on other sources and we ask that customers continue to use water efficiently.”
In order to be prepared for anticipated fall hot weather, district staff will have replacement pumps and motors pre-positioned in case they are needed for repairs to any of the district’s other production wells. Additionally, the district is prepared to activate the emergency intertie with San Lorenzo Valley Water District. The intertie was completed in 2016 and was intended specifically for situations such as a well failure, though the district has not needed to rely on it yet.
ABOUT THE NEW WELL
Pacific Coast Drilling has been selected to perform the drilling work.
Drilling is expected to take approximately two weeks, with work taking place 24 hours a day during this time.
The new well is projected to have a depth of 1,400 feet and capacity of up to 500 gallons per minute.
The emergency project cost is estimated to be $1.6 million and it will be funded from district reserves.

WADE LEISHMAN APPOINTED BY SCOTTS VALLEY WATER DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Scotts Valley Water District today announced Wade Leishman was appointed July 17 and sworn in July 20 to fill a vacancy on its Board of Directors. As a director, Mr. Leishman will also have an opportunity to serve on board committees and represent the District regionally and statewide. The appointment is to complete a partial term that will last until November 2018.

“In joining the Scotts Valley Water District Board, Wade is taking the long view on water resources and the future of our community,” said Board President Ruth Stiles. “I’m confident this district and our customers will benefit greatly from Wade’s perspective and commitment to community.”

“I have the sincere desire to help manage, maintain, protect and sustain our vital resources in hopes that my daughters may one day be able to raise their families in Scotts Valley,” said Mr. Leishman in applying for appointment to the board.

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.

Mr. Leishman is currently employed as a senior IT manager for a global technology manufacturing company. He also owns and operates his own small business.  Mr. Leishman has lived in Scotts Valley for more than 10 years with his wife, Dewana and twin daughters, Jennifer and Emily.

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.

ABOUT SCOTTS VALLEY WATER DISTRICT

Scotts Valley Water District is a public agency providing water service over six square miles including most of the City of Scotts Valley and a portion of the unincorporated areas north of the city limits. The community of Scotts Valley places a high value on livability, innovation and planning for the future. Scotts Valley Water District is proud to play a vital role in supporting those efforts by providing a reliable, sustainable, high-quality water supply. Through partnership with our community, strategic investment in resources and pursuit of new ideas, Scotts Valley Water District is redefining its historic role in order to meet future challenges and turn them into opportunities.