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.


The Value of Water: Why water conservation doesn’t equal money savings

Like water customers throughout the Central Coast and many other parts of California, Scotts Valley Water District ratepayers have responded to the historic drought by sharply reducing their water use even as El Niño rains fall across our service area. Although El Niño is bringing some relief to the parched soil, it will take longer than a single year for our thirsty watersheds to recover. Water conservation is still necessary to assist in the recuperation of our watersheds.

SVWD recommends that its customers maintain their efficient use of water. By setting a target of using 75 gallons per person per day in summer and 60 gallons per person per day in winter, we can collectively meet that goal.

Although this conservation plan will help our watersheds, it also generates a different kind of problem. We are used to being rewarded when we do our part in helping out. However, that general rule works differently when we talk about water pricing.

People often ask me: “If I’m using less water, why don’t water rates go down?” It’s a great question, and here is how I try to explain that counterintuitive correlation.