Water News

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.

Proposition 218 Notice - Proposed Water Rate & Fee Increases and Changes to Rate Structures

Proposed Water Rate Increases and Changes to Rate Structures

Notice is hereby given that Board of Directors of the Scotts Valley Water District will hold a Public Hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 12, 2016 in the Santa Margarita Community Room located downstairs 2 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley, CA  95066, to consider adopting inceases in the water and recycled water rates and changes to rate structures. Click here to view the entire notice as a webpage.  Click here to view the notice as a pdf file. Click here to view the amendment.

In developing its rates, Scotts Valley Water District conducted a comprehensive Water Rate Study.  Click here to view the Water Rate Study webpage.  Click Here to view the draft Water Rate Study Report.

The Water Rate Study included four tasks:1) develop a Financial Model to determine potable and recycled water revenue requirments; 2) conduct a potable and recycled water cost of service and associated tiered rate analyses; 3) conduct connection and impact fee analyses; and 4) develop a rate structure that fulfills community objectives while ensuring adequate revenue to support the utility’s cost requirements.

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.