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Thoughts on the Value of Water

Thoughts on the Value of Water
By Piret Harmon, General Manager 

When people talk about water, the conversation is usually dominated by the issue of availability. For example, over the past several years, there has been a lot of attention — and rightly so — given to the drought and the problem of not having enough water. Now, we are focused on the effects of having too much water during a potential El Niño.

Regardless of how much water is available in any given year, we still expect water to come out of our taps at home and work, even if we are committed to using that water more efficiently. It’s difficult to imagine even one day without immediate access to a clean and reliable source of water for drinking, bathing and preparing meals.

Scotts Valley Water District Prepares for El Nino


SCOTTS VALLEY — Dec. 1, 2015 — In preparation for a strong El Niño event that could bring major rainfall to the region this winter, Scotts Valley Water District is taking steps to ensure safe and reliable water service to customers during severe storm conditions.

Heavy rainfall and high winds often lead to power outages and debris that can affect the infrastructure of our groundwater system, including wells, booster pumps and stations, and reservoir tanks.

In December, the District will update its emergency response plan and conduct a full training for all operations staff to review roles and responsibilities during emergencies. The District is taking these specific steps now to safeguard against storm impacts:

  • Testing backup generator power to support wells and pump stations during an outage.
  • Ensuring battery backups at remote tank sites and booster stations will allow operation up to a week without power.
  • Ordering extra parts to prepare for the possibility of a high number of repairs to water mains and individual service lines.
  • Making sure all drainage is clear around tank sites and roads leading to District infrastructure.

“There has been a lot of talk about El Niño and the big storms,” said David McNair, District Operations Manager. “We’re working to ensure the district is prepared.”

Scotts Valley Water District Customers Far Exceed State Goal For Reduction in Systemwide Potable Water Demand

Average demand during peak summers months down nearly 30% compared to baseline figures in 2013

Scotts Valley, CA — Oct. 30, 2015 — Scotts Valley Water District experienced a 29.75% reduction in potable water use during Summer 2015 compared to the same four-month period in 2013, the baseline year used by the state Water Control Resources Board to set drought-related reduction targets for municipal water districts.

Scotts Valley Water District Honored by Chamber of Commerce for Organization & Man of the Year Awards

Scotts Valley Water District announced today it will receive two awards from the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce at the annual awards dinner on November 7. As part of the Scotts Valley Community Awards 2015, the Scotts Valley Water District has been named Organization of the Year and Board of Directors Member David Hodgin has been named Man of the Year.

Scotts Valley Water District Recycled Water Fill Station open for City Residents

Our new Recycled Water Fill Station is open and we're very excited to serve Scotts Valley residents up to 250 gallons of recycled water per day for irrigating landscapes and gardens.

The fill station is located directly across from the Scotts Valley Senior Center (370 Kings Village Road). City Residents can pick up 250 gallons of recycled water per day.

Hours of Operation (Effective November 25, 2015)
Wednesday:  1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.

How to Get Started
During your visit to pick up recycled water, you will need to complete and sign an application form and receive a brief one-time training on the proper use of recycled water. Once completed you will be receive an ID card and stickers for the containers that will transport and store the recycled water.  Save some time and fill out the application online and print out a completed copy to bring with you on your first fill-up during the hours noted below. The attendant will provide required training and issue your ID card.
Recycled Water Use Application Form
Recycled Water Training

For more information,  visit svwd.org/customer-info/recycled-water-fill-station-info

Official Water Conservation Guide for Santa Cruz County

The Water Conservation Coalition and Times Publishing Group partnered to create  “The Official Water Conservation Guide for Santa Cruz County”, which includes water usage regulations, guidelines, and rebate information for the eight local agencies that provide, manage, and/or regulate water service in Santa Cruz County: the County of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Water Department, Soquel Creek Water District, San Lorenzo Valley Water District, Scotts Valley Water District, City of Watsonville, Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency, and Central Water District.  It also includes water saving tips and other conservation information from Ecology Action and watersavingtips.org and advertisements from local businesses offering drought-related products and services, making it a handy reference material for residents and visitors alike. To view a copy click here.

Recycled Water Fill Station Coming Soon For Scotts Valley Residents as Drought Mitigation Strategy


Scotts Valley, CA — August 4, 2015 — Scotts Valley Water District, a regional leader in the distribution of recycled water, announced today plans to open by late August a recycled water fill-up station that will provide free recycled water to Scotts Valley residents.

First Monterey Bay Friendly Landscapes Certified!

The District has recently certified it's first Scotts Valley Monterey Bay Friendly Landscapes! This voluntary rating system applies to new construction or renovations, providing property owners and professionals with a regionally consistent framework for creating healthy, environmentally sound landscapes. Certified landscape owners meeting Monterey Bay Friendly standards are provided public recognition, educational signage and life-long discounts at over 20 local nurseries, irrigation suppliers and related businesses.

Some of the landscape criteria include:
- Use of mulch and compost in planting beds
- Natural pruning and spacing of plants
- Growing drought tolerant plants
- Reducing lawn to no more than 25% of the landscape
- Using low-volume irrigation and preventing irrigation run-off

See http://green-gardener.org/portfolio/landscape_certification/# for the full criteria and contact us at conservation@svwd.org if you would like to participate. We are happy to come by at no charge to evaluate your property- sometimes only a few adjustments can make your home or business bay friendly.