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.
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.
Recycled Water Fill Station
The Recycled Water Fill Station is closed for the season. The station, located across the street from the Scotts Valley Senior Center on Kings Village Road is anticipated to open again May 2017. At the station all district customers, not just city residents, are eligible to receive up to 250 gallons of recycled water for landscape irrigation free each day that the facility is open. Click here to keep informed about expanding hours. Anyone interested in volunteering at the station may contact email@example.com.
Groundwater Recharge System at Scotts Valley Transit Center
The District’s new groundwater recharge system at the Scotts Valley Transit Center was completed in February 2017. The groundwater recharge project broke ground in the fall with excavation for the infiltration gallery and construction of a retaining wall and bio swale. 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.
Water Use Restrictions
Having received 98% of average rainfall in 2015-2016, the District is no longer operating inside its Water Shortage Contingency Plan, which sets curtailment levels during periods when water supply is threatened by drought. The District’s average daily potable system demand in January, February and March of 2016 was 18.5%, 16% and 22.1%, respectively, below averages seen during the 2007-2015 period. However, in February, the State extended its requirement until October 2016 that water agencies reduce potable water demand by 20% over the 2013 baseline level. The District’s response will be to promote water-efficient strategies, including a recommendation that residents use no more than 75 gallons of water per person per day in the summer season and no more than 60 in winter. 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 on Sundays and Wednesdays. The District updated its Rebate Program in May 2015 by turning its focus to outdoor water efficiencies.
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. The improvements are expected to be in place by June 2017.
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.
Advanced Metering Infrastructure
The District has completed a four-month pilot study of 20 automated water meters that utilize cellular technology to capture and report consumption data generated at service locations. The District is now working with TritonAMI to determine which automated metering system would work best for the District. 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. The District’s Board members and selected staff participated in the pilot study.