Scotts Valley Water District (SVWD) was created in 1961 by a vote of the people within the proposed District. It is formed under the County Water District Act with the purpose of providing water for domestic, commercial, municipal and firefighting purposes. Beginning in 1962, SVWD acquired and consolidated several small mutual water supply systems.
The District is located six miles north of the City of Santa Cruz, along State Highway 17 and covers approximately six square miles including most of the incorporated area of the City of Scotts Valley and a portion of the unincorporated area north of the City — about 10,700 people through 4,200 service connections. It generally follows the boundary of the City of Scotts Valley. Notable exceptions to the service area include Pasatiempo Pines and Manana Woods subdivisions, and Vista Del Lago and Spring Lakes Mobile Home Parks, which are served by San Lorenzo Valley Water District.
SVWD relies on groundwater from the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin. Groundwater is the sole source of potable water supply for this area. The 2017 potable water demand for the District was 1,164 acre-feet, or about 379 million gallons, which was a 30 percent decline from 2008 and a 44 percent reduction since 2003. Supporting the sustainable management of the groundwater resource is important. District programs that support this include encouraging efficient use of water and the use of recycled water. Recycled water deliveries account for 10-15% of the total water demand for the District.
District staff has worked closely with the City of Scotts Valley, the County Environmental Health Department and Regional Water Quality Control Board in protecting the local groundwater quality. The District, City, and Scotts Valley Fire District collaborate during the review of development plans to ensure compliance with regulations and consistency in conditions of approval.
SVWD is a member of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country. ACWA’s 430 members are collectively responsible for 90% of the water delivered to cities, farms, and business in California.
Governance & Compliance
The District is governed by a publicly elected, five-person Board of Directors that holds regularly scheduled public meetings on the second Thursday of each month. The day-to-day administrative and operational functions are conducted with a staff of 18 employees. The Districts’ operating plan and certified personnel are regulated and certified by the State Water Resources Control Board.