Press Releases

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...

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.

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

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