SVWD NEWS

JOB OPENING Accounting Specialist

Accounting Specialist (open until filled)
Salary $27.25 - $35.14 hourly ($4,723 - $6,091 monthly)

The Scotts Valley Water District is accepting applications for the position of Accounting Specialist. This position under general supervision performs general accounting, payroll, and financial analysis functions. This position also serves as the lead for utility billing, provides coverage for customer service as necessary, and performs other duties as assigned.  Click here for Job Announcement. Click for Job Application

Santa Margarita Community Room Dedication Ceremony

Santa Margarita Community Room now available to non-profit groups.

The Scotts Valley Water District and its Board of Directors are very pleased to announce that the newly updated SVWD Board Room will now be available as a meeting space, free of charge, for non-profit organizations.  As a result of this action, the Board Room will now be renamed the "Santa Margarita Community Room", after our local Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin.  

Click here for Santa Margarita Community Room Use Application

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.

Draft Report for the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin Boundary Revision Request

California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (SGMA) is aimed at strengthening local control and management of groundwater basins throughout the state.  The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has defined the boundaries for groundwater basins that require management under SGMA.  On November 16, 2015, DWR initiated the process for local agencies to request modifications to groundwater basin boundaries.   
Scotts Valley Water District (SVWD), in coordination with San Lorenzo Valley Water District and the County of Santa Cruz has been working with HydroMetrics Water Resources, Inc. to develop a the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin Boundary Revision Request.   The SVWD seeks local input on its proposal to modify the existing groundwater basins as a larger basin called the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin.  This notice provides information about the proposed modifications on providing input.

The modified basin boundary will better reflect the geologic structure of the area, and mirror the ongoing management of the area’s shared groundwater resource.  It will also clarify and define the boundaries with adjacent basins that are managed by neighboring agencies. Click here to view the Santa Margarita Goundwater Basin Boundary Revision Request Draft Report. Additional information about rules regulating public and local input as well as links from DWR on the basin boundary modification process are also provided on the website.

For notification of the proposed modification, or for additional information regarding the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin Boundary Modification, please email or submit a written request to the following address:
Scotts Valley Water District
Attn: Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin Boundary Modification
2 Civic Center Drive
Scotts Valley, California 95066