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Scotts Valley Water District, San Lorenzo Valley Water District Completed Emergency Pipelines

New System Allows for Water-Sharing in Emergency Situations

OCT. 4, 2016 SCOTTS VALLEY, CA – The Scotts Valley Water District (SVWD) and San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) announced today they have completed the Regional Emergency Intertie Project, a joint effort between the two districts and the Mount Hermon Association, to allow the agencies to share water resources during emergencies.

Four interties were constructed:

  • Scotts Valley Water District and San Lorenzo Valley Water District South System
  • San Lorenzo Valley Water District South System and San Lorenzo Valley Water District North System
  • San Lorenzo Valley Water District and Mt. Hermon Association
  • San Lorenzo Valley Water District North System and San Lorenzo Valley Water District Felton System

The interties include pipeline and pump stations that are to be used on an emergency basis. Construction of the water system interties allows SLVWD and SVWD to share water resources in emergencies such as water main breaks and natural disasters like earthquakes, fires and landslides.

Annual Water Quality Report Now Available

Este reporte contiene las instrucciones mas recientes para obetener informacion importante sobre su agua potable. Traducir, o hablar con alguien que lo entienda.

Every year Scotts Valley Water District prepares and provides its customers the annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR).  This report describes where your water comes from, what it contains and how it compares with State and Federal Drinking Water Standards. The purpose of the report is to give you information on our water quality and common sources of water and water pollution. The report contains the actual result of hundreds of water quality tests conducted, as well as other quality information.  Also called the Annual Water Quality Report, the CCR is required by the Safe Drinking Water Act. 

Click here to view and download the 2015 Annual Water Quality Report. To have a copy of the report mailed to you click here or to speak with someone about it call (831) 438-2363.

Draft 2015 Urban Water Management Plan

Notice of Public Hearing Draft 2015 Urban Water Management Plan for the Scotts Valley Water District (SVWD)

The Draft 2015 Urban Water Management Plan for Scotts Valley Water District is available for public review  Monday through Friday, during normal business hours in the District Offices located at 2 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066.  Click here to view online. As required by the California Water Code, SVWD must update its current Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) and submit a completed copy to the California Department of Water Resources every five years. The UWMP provides provides significant information regarding the public water system, current and projected water uses, current and projected sources of water available to the agency, water supply reliability, water shortage contingency planning and demand management measures. 

On Thursday, June 9, 2016 in the Santa Margarita Community Room located downstairs at 2 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066, the SVWD Board of Directors will conduct a public hearing pursuant to California Water Code sections 10642 and 10608.26 to consider and receive comments and input on the Draft 2015 Urban Water Management Plan for Scotts Valley Water District to allow community input regarding the District’s implementation plan for complying with Part 2.55 of the Water Code, to consider the potential economic impacts of the implementation plan, and to provide information on SVWD’s baseline water use, water use targets, and implementation plan required by the Water Conservation Act of 2009 (Water Code section 10608.20(b)).

Please submit your comments by email or by mail to:  
Scotts Valley Water District
Urban Water Management Plan
Attn: Piret Harmon, General Manager
2 Civic Center Drive
Scotts Vally, CA  CA 95066

In addition, public comments can be made at the Public Hearing on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Scotts Valley Water District Board of Directors meeting.

For questions or comments about the Plan, contact General Manager Piret Harmon at email or 831-600-1902.

 

Santa Margarita Community Room Dedication Ceremony

Santa Margarita Community Room now available to non-profit groups.

The Scotts Valley Water District and its Board of Directors are very pleased to announce that the newly updated SVWD Board Room will now be available as a meeting space, free of charge, for non-profit organizations.  As a result of this action, the Board Room will now be renamed the "Santa Margarita Community Room", after our local Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin.  

Click here for Santa Margarita Community Room Use Application

The Value of Water: Why water conservation doesn’t equal money savings

Like water customers throughout the Central Coast and many other parts of California, Scotts Valley Water District ratepayers have responded to the historic drought by sharply reducing their water use even as El Niño rains fall across our service area. Although El Niño is bringing some relief to the parched soil, it will take longer than a single year for our thirsty watersheds to recover. Water conservation is still necessary to assist in the recuperation of our watersheds.

SVWD recommends that its customers maintain their efficient use of water. By setting a target of using 75 gallons per person per day in summer and 60 gallons per person per day in winter, we can collectively meet that goal.

Although this conservation plan will help our watersheds, it also generates a different kind of problem. We are used to being rewarded when we do our part in helping out. However, that general rule works differently when we talk about water pricing.

People often ask me: “If I’m using less water, why don’t water rates go down?” It’s a great question, and here is how I try to explain that counterintuitive correlation.