The SVWD Board of Directors will meet Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. to review a planned rate increase that would take effect 12/13/17. The SVWD Board made a commitment to our customers to evaluate the need for rate increases each year prior to the scheduled effective date. Please join us for this important discussion, during which we will consider current revenue and expenses, as well as other important data. Meeting location: Santa Margarita Community Room, 2 Civic Center Dr. in Scotts Valley.
TEMPORARY WATER SERVICE INTERRUPTION: A leaking fire hydrant on Whispering Pines Dr. must be repaired, requiring the District to shut down water service tomorrow (Thursday) at 8:30am for approximately 6 hours, affecting the following streets: Whispering Pines (100 Block only), Lundy Lane, Silver Birch, Arabian Way, Carriage Lane, Appaloosa Court, Morgan Court and Quarterhorse Lane. During the closure period, customers are asked to TURN OFF all indoor and outdoor faucets. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate affected customers' cooperation.
Water production increased at other well sites to make up for loss of top-producing well; new well to be drilled
(SEPT. 13, 2017) SCOTTS VALLEY, CA – The Scotts Valley Water District today announced one of its wells has failed due to a cave-in of the well column at approximately 900 feet underground. The 25-year-old well located at the Orchard Run Treatment Plant site was the district’s top-producing well, providing 30-40% of the district’s potable water. Following an investigation and evaluation of the damage, repair of the well was deemed impossible. To make up for the loss of this source, production has been increased at other district-owned well sites.
“Though we are frustrated to have suffered the problem of aging infrastructure at this scale, we remain confident we can continue to meet customer demand while developing our plan of action for a replacement well,” said Piret Harmon, district general manager. “In the months ahead, the district will proceed with drilling a new well near the old one. We expect to have this work completed by the end of this year. In the meantime, we will rely on other sources and we ask that customers continue to use water efficiently.”
In order to be prepared for anticipated fall hot weather, district staff will have replacement pumps and motors pre-positioned in case they are needed for repairs to any of the district’s other production wells. Additionally, the district is prepared to activate the emergency intertie with San Lorenzo Valley Water District. The intertie was completed in 2016 and was intended specifically for situations such as a well failure, though the district has not needed to rely on it yet.
ABOUT THE NEW WELL
Pacific Coast Drilling has been selected to perform the drilling work.
Drilling is expected to take approximately two weeks, with work taking place 24 hours a day during this time.
The new well is projected to have a depth of 1,400 feet and capacity of up to 500 gallons per minute.
The emergency project cost is estimated to be $1.6 million and it will be funded from district reserves.
The District is no longer accepting applications for our full-time (40 hours per week) Administrative Office Assistant. Our posting received very positive interest, with many qualified and quality candidates submitting materials. If you submitted application materials you will receive an email notification.
The Scotts Valley Water District today announced Wade Leishman was appointed July 17 and sworn in July 20 to fill a vacancy on its Board of Directors. As a director, Mr. Leishman will also have an opportunity to serve on board committees and represent the District regionally and statewide. The appointment is to complete a partial term that will last until November 2018.
“In joining the Scotts Valley Water District Board, Wade is taking the long view on water resources and the future of our community,” said Board President Ruth Stiles. “I’m confident this district and our customers will benefit greatly from Wade’s perspective and commitment to community.”
“I have the sincere desire to help manage, maintain, protect and sustain our vital resources in hopes that my daughters may one day be able to raise their families in Scotts Valley,” said Mr. Leishman in applying for appointment to the board.
The Board of Directors has oversight over Scotts Valley Water District and appoints the General Manager to handle day-to-day operations. The Directors have the power to set the budget, set water rates and establish policies that support the vision and mission of the District. The Board meets monthly to provide direction to the staff on matters such as groundwater sustainability, statewide mandates and regional conjunctive use projects.
Mr. Leishman is currently employed as a senior IT manager for a global technology manufacturing company. He also owns and operates his own small business. Mr. Leishman has lived in Scotts Valley for more than 10 years with his wife, Dewana and twin daughters, Jennifer and Emily.
The Board of Directors vacancy was created when longtime District Director Ken Kannegaard died May 27 following a courageous battle with cancer. Director Kannegaard had served on the board since 2006 and was a highly dedicated public servant.
ABOUT SCOTTS VALLEY WATER DISTRICT
Scotts Valley Water District is a public agency providing water service over six square miles including most of the City of Scotts Valley and a portion of the unincorporated areas north of the city limits. 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 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.
Bethany Pump Station has been up and running throughout the weekend.The Distict has been able to re-fill the Bethany Tank so customers can resume normal water use.
Thanks to all our customers for your cooperation and understanding during this time.
7/7/17 11:00AM UPDATE: WATER EMERGENCY NOTICE
SCOTTS VALLEY, CA – The Scotts Valley Water District is saddened to announce the passing of District Director Ken Kannegaard on May 27, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Director Kannegaard was a highly dedicated public servant, first elected to the Scotts Valley Water District Board of Directors in 2006, and reelected in 2010 and 2014. He served most recently on the Water Resources & Engineering Committee, having served previously on the Executive & Public Affairs Committee and the Finance & Personnel Committee. Director Kannegaard was elected by his fellow directors to be Board President in 2015.
“Ken thought of the District as his second family and deeply cared about the organization and its people,” said General Manager Piret Harmon. “Ken had an inquisitive mind and a caring presence. He took the responsibility of leading the Water District extremely seriously, while always maintaining a gentle demeanor and a wonderful sense of humor. He will be dearly missed.”
A celebration of life is planned for July 1 at 2:00 pm, at Scotts Valley High.
New Administrative Code
In our continuing effort to inform our customers of the rules and regulations governing our agency, the Board of Directors has adopted the Scotts Valley Water District Administrative Code.
The Administrative Code prescribes the rules and regulations applicable to the functions of the District. It organizes and replaces the Rates, Rules and Regulations that were adopted in 1996 and revised 40 times over the last 20 years and included unnecessary and outdated information.
Click here to view the Scotts Valley Water District Adminstrative Code