The community of Scotts Valley places a high value on livability, innovation, and planning for the future. Scotts Valley Water District is proud to play a vital role in supporting those efforts by providing a reliable, sustainable, high-quality water supply. Through a partnership with our community, strategic investment in resources and pursuit of new ideas, Scotts Valley Water District is redefining its historic role in order to meet future challenges and turn them into opportunities.
What We're Working On
One of oldest water tanks in the District’s system, the MacDorsa Tank was installed in 1964 and needed a complete recoating inside and out, as well as a refurbished roof. The work, which is part of the District’s Capital Projects list, was completed in February 2017. The contractor has replaced the roof, shrink-wrapped the tank, completed welding repairs on the gutter system, replaced the steel downspouts, and applied a new layer of coating to the interior and exterior of the tank.
Water Use Restrictions
Following Governor Jerry Brown's April 7, 2017, decision to lift the emergency drought declaration for most of the state, the Scotts Valley Water District has made small changes to its Think Twice water efficiency program. Under the modified policy, the irrigation schedule has increased from two to three times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Potable water service customers can irrigate before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m. on these days. Three times a week provides sufficient water to the water efficient landscapes in the area. Managing the irrigation demand is the most practical approach for balancing the supply and demand of the system and replenishing the aquifer. More info.
Advanced Metering Infrastructure
The District is in the process of installing automated water meters that utilize cellular technology to capture and report consumption data generated at service locations. Presently, water meters are read manually every other month. Advanced Metering Infrastructure, or AMI, will allow hourly recording of consumption data that is uploaded daily and stored in the cloud-based database. The information can be accessed by the District and customers to monitor for leaks or other unusual fluctuations in water use.
Recycled Water Fill Station
The recycled water fill station is open. The station is located across the street from the Scotts Valley Senior Center on Kings Village Road. Scotts Valley City residents and/or District customers can pick up to 250 gallons of free recycled water to water lawns, gardens, vegetables, trees, and to wash cars, outdoor furniture, and hard surfaces (paths, walls, windows). More information can be found here.
Groundwater Recharge System at Scotts Valley Transit Center
The groundwater recharge project broke ground in the fall of 2016 with excavation for the infiltration gallery and construction of a retaining wall and bioswale and was completed in February 2017. 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 the aquifer. The new features in the parking lot will reduce stormwater volumes, improve water quality and increase groundwater recharge through the capture and treatment of stormwater from the north end of the parking lot at the property.
Irrigation Water to Pasatiempo Golf Course
The City of Scotts Valley and Pasatiempo Golf Club reached an agreement in April 2016 for the City to supply treated wastewater to the golf course for irrigation. The move allows Pasatiempo to reduce its reliance on potable water from Santa Cruz during peak-use months when irrigation demand is high. The District is proud to have played a role in the plan by agreeing to give up 10 percent of the recycled water it is entitled to by the City of Scotts Valley, in return for compensation. The District is dedicated to supporting the use of recycled water, efficient use of water and community innovation.
Orchard Run Water Treatment Plant
The District has engaged Kennedy Jenks Consultants to design improvements to the Orchard Run Water Treatment Plant, which is the District’s largest. The production wells at the Orchard Run Treatment Plant are the system’s deepest and most challenging in terms of ensuring consistent quality. Following the recommendations from the Pilot Plant Testing Study, the District intends to modernize and improve the filtration system at the site.
Intertie with SLVWD
Scotts Valley Water District and San Lorenzo Valley Water District have teamed up to share their water resources in emergencies, such as fires or natural disasters, through the establishment of the Regional Water Systems Emergency Interties No. 2, 3, 4 and 6. The project includes four pipeline interties and booster pump stations connecting the two districts and Mount Hermon Mutual Water system. The project began in January 2015 and was completed in Spring 2016. It allows in emergencies to be able to move as much as 600 gallons per minute in either direction. more info
Groundwater Replenishment Program
A feasibility study, to evaluate the scenarios for treating recycled water from the Tertiary Treatment Plant to an even more advanced standard to replenish the aquifers of Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin, is underway. After the advanced treatment, the water would be injected into the ground to bolster the groundwater levels directly or benefit the base flows in the local creeks and rivers. The feasibility study includes consideration of new state groundwater regulations on indirect reuse of treated wastewater. The first draft was presented to the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin Management Advisory Committee in November 2015 and additional findings will be made public mid-year in 2016.