Water News

February 9, 2019 Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency Community Meeting

The Scotts Valley Water District Board is attending the Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency Community Meeting on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. at the Felton Community Hall 6191 Highway 9, Felton, California. 

Click here to view the agenda for this meeting. 

The Scotts Valley Water District Board of Directors will not take any action at this meeting.


Rainfall supports the health of groundwater, the District’s sole source of drinking  water

The Scotts Valley Water District (SVWD) today announced rainfall for the water year is approximately average, thanks to recent storms.

As of January 31, SVWD weather station had registered about 21 inches of rain for the season and the weekend storm pushed that total to 24 inches. The average amount for the first four months of the water year (October through January) is 23 inches.

January 2019 Newsletter

HOA saves thousands with turf removal 

Fifteen years ago, Country Terrace Homeowners Association (HOA) was using 2 million gallons of water a year on outdoor irrigation in front of homes and in common areas.
The 29-home, privately operated HOA built in the early 1990s, had swaths of lush grass in front of houses, between driveways, and along fence lines. 

Can our water supply support Scotts Valley's future? Thanks to planning, yes.

If we continue to use water wisely, Scotts Valley's water supply can support our community's future, including the growth the city is currently experiencing. The District has been planning for future water needs for decades, beginning with it's first Urban Water Management Plan in 1998. The Urban Water Management Plan, which is updated every five years, evaluates water demand and supply in the next 25-year period. The current plan was completed in 2015 and makes estimations through 2040. It will be updated again in two years.

By 2040, Scotts Valley’s population is projected to be double of what it was in 1985, yet the total amount of the potable water used is estimated to stay roughly the same. Actually, total groundwater pumping in the Scotts Valley area has decreased 46 percent from 2000 and, since the early 2000s, and groundwater levels have stabilized, following years of depletion