Water News

Scotts Valley High School Student Wins Water-Wise Video Contest

WINSTON MATTWANDEL WILL BE HONORED BY THE DISTRICT'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS AT THEIR JUNE MEETING

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. 

RECENT STORMS DRIVE SEASONAL RAINFALL TOTAL TO NEAR-NORMAL

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. 

UPCOMING BOARD MEETINGS & EVENTS