Water News

Public Workshop for the Santa Margarita Ground Water Agency: The State of Surface Water in the Santa Margarita Basin

Please join the Santa Margarita Ground Water Agency as well as Board and staff form the Scotts Valley and San Lorenzo Valley Water Districts as they present a pulic workshop on surface and ground water regulations and managment. 

In the Santa Cruz Mountains, the relationship between groundwater and surface water is critically important.  This workshop focuses on the relationship of surface water to California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and the complex nature of surface water management, rights, and regulations. 

Water Booth at the Scotts Valley Art, Wine, and Beer Festival August 17 and 18

Look for the Scotts Valley Water District booth at the Scotts Valley Art, Wine, and Beer Festival on August 17th and 18th. Stop by our table to receive information about our current activities and projects, efficient use practices, and of course our signature home-made water free to all festival goers!

For more information, check out the Art, Wine, and Beer festival website here.

Water Quality Report 2018

This annual Consumer Confidence Report on water quality shows that last year, as in years past, the District's water met all State and Federal primary drinking water standards.  Included in the report is information about the source water quality and treated water quality.  It also explains how the water is treated to ensure that is is always safe and refreshing to drink.  Click below to read the entire report.

Scotts Valley High School Student Wins Water-Wise Video Contest


SCOTTS VALLEY, CA – June 10, 2019 - The Scotts Valley Water District (SVWD) today announced that Scotts Valley High School student Winston Mattwandel was among nine local high school students honored for their original videos about water-wise Gardens earlier this month, culminating the fifth annual student-made video contest organized by the Water Conservation Coalition of Santa Cruz County and the Monterey County Water Awareness Committee.


Recycled Water Fill Station not to Open for 2019 Summer

The District opened the Recycled Water Fill Station on Kings Village Road in 2015 to provide a supply alternative for residential customers when California was in the middle of a severe drought. The station was well received by the community and had 98 permitted users signed up in the first 2 years of operation. Use of the fill station peaked in 2016 with 131,000 gallons distributed over 5 months. Visits dropped off sharply in 2017 with 57,000 gallons distributed and again in 2018 with only 56,000 gallons dispensed over the five and half months the station was open.

Water Rate Update

As of the first billing period of 2019, water rates for Scotts Valley Water District customers have increased. The District’s Board of Directors approved the increase in December 2016, following a cost of service study and public process according to California’s Proposition 218.