Water News

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 WATER DISTRICT TO OFFER FREE OF CHARGE UP TO 250 GALLONS FOR RESIDENTIAL LANDSCAPING USE

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.

Scotts Valley Transit Center Low Impact Development (LID) Retrofits Project - Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration

Scotts Valley Water District has prepared an Initial Study (IS) to evaluate the environmental impacts of Scotts Valley Transit Center LID Retrofits Project, as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  As mandated by State Law, the review period for this document is not less than 30 (thirty) days. 

Based upon the conclusions set forth in the IS, the Scotts Valley Water District proposes to adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND). The project proposes improvements to the existing stormwater control measures on the project site by improving water quality and increasing infiltration capacity through low impact development (LID) and landscape improvement features.  

2015 Drought Emergency Regulations Program

Scotts Valley Water District announces 2015 Drought Emegency Regulations Program.
The Program has four main components:

  1. Weekly Irrigation Policy
    All potable water customers are required to comply with the established irrigation schedule of even-ending street numbers watering on Saturdays and Tuesdays and odd-ending street numbers watering on Sundays and Wednesdays.
  2. Target Scorecard
    Establishes a district-wide goal of 75 gallons per person per day and creates a mechanism by which the customers can assess their household use half way through a billing period and make corrections in their consumption if necessary.
  3. Updated Rebate Program
    Update the rebate program by dedicating majority of the funding allocations and staff resources to the outdoor water efficiencies.
  4. Water Waste Watch
    Update District Policy on Water Waste to add new outdoor landscape requirements.

SVWD Announces Outdoor Irrigation Limitations Effective Immediately

The State of California has mandated that all water agencies serving water to more than 3,000 customers must limit outdoor irrgation of turf and ornamental landscapes to two days per week. This policy is effective April 10, 2015 and will expire on December 23, 2015.
District customers are required to comply with the following irrigation schedule:

  • Homes and businesses with street addresses ending in an EVEN number irrigate on Saturday and Tuesday.
  • All irrigation must occur before 10am and after 5pm.
     
  • Homes and businesses with street addresses ending in an ODD number irrigate on Sunday and Wednesday.
  • All irrigation must occur before 10am and after 5pm.

- These restrictions apply to spray and drip (and other low volume) irrigation when it delivers potable water for ornamental landscapes.
- The restrictions do not appy to edible gardens and to hand-held watering devices such as watering cans and hoses with a shut-off nozzle when used for potted plants in containers.
- The new restrictions do not apply to Recycled Water.  Irrigation with recycled water can done any day of the week but must occur before 10am and after 5pm.
- Failure to comply with these regulations is punishable by a fine up to five hundred dollars ($500) for each day in which the violation occur.

For information on ways to save water outdoors visit our Water-Wise Landscaping page