Water News

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

Scotts Valley Water District Earns Green Business Certification

Scotts Valley Water Earns Green Business Certiification

The Scotts Valley Water District (SVWD) has been recertified as a Certified Green Business by the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program.

To receive the “green” endorsement, the District needed to meet program criteria for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste, as well as be in compliance with regulatory agencies.

The District introduced paper products with a higher recycled content.

2017 Consumer Confidence Report

The annual water quality report shows that Scotts Valley Water District's water met all State and Federal primary drinking water standards.The report contains information on source water quality and  explains how the water is treated and tested to ensure that it is always safe and refreshing to drink.
 

Stage 1 Water Supply Conditions

Think Twice Water Three Times A Week

The District  has established a Stage 1 Water Supply Condition for the remainder of the 2018 water year, September 30, 2018.
Our customers are asked to maintain efficient use of water and reduce water waste by watering no more than three days per week; making small retrofits that earn you rebates; contacting us for free water efficiency house calls and devices and reporting irrigation runoff or overwatering.

The target of the Stage 1 Water Supply Condition is to maintain 2017 water-use levels.  Thank you!

$1 MILLION Grant Recommended for Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency by CA Department of Water Resources

Grant will fund plan for sustainability of groundwater basin that supplies water to residents and businesses in the San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley and adjacent areas.

The Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency (SMGWA) today announced the California Department of Water Resources has recommended a $1 million matching grant to help fund development of a state-mandated groundwater sustainability plan. Funding for the grant comes from Proposition 1, passed by California voters in 2014. Before funding is finalized, a public comment period will be open until February 21, at 5:00 p.m.

PROGRESS ON WELL REPLACEMENT

The District announced today it is making progress with the well replacement project started after the District’s top-performing well unexpectedly collapsed in August 2017 after 25 years of service.
Crews from Pacific Coast Drilling reached final depth for the new well — just under 1,500 feet — drilling and well construction are now complete with test pumping scheduled to begin January 29. Next, infrastructure work that includes piping, electrical service, and pump controls is expected to be completed by the end of March.
Well 7A, located at the Orchard Run Treatment Facility, sustained a cave-in of a well column at approximately 900 feet underground. Repair of the well was determined to be impossible. Well 7A was the District’s top-producing well, providing 30-40 percent of the District’s potable water. To meet water demands while the replacement well is under construction, the District increase production from its other wells and encouraged customers to make water-efficient choices.

Temporary Water Service Interruption Thursday October 5, 2017 starting at 8:30 a.m.

TEMPORARY WATER SERVICE INTERRUPTION: A leaking fire hydrant on Whispering Pines Dr. must be repaired, requiring the District to shut down water service tomorrow (Thursday) at 8:30am for approximately 6 hours, affecting the following streets: Whispering Pines (100 Block only), Lundy Lane, Silver Birch, Arabian Way, Carriage Lane, Appaloosa Court, Morgan Court and Quarterhorse Lane. During the closure period, customers are asked to TURN OFF all indoor and outdoor faucets. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate affected customers' cooperation.
 

SCOTTS VALLEY WATER DISTRICT TO REPLACE COLLAPSED WELL

Water production increased at other well sites to make up for loss of top-producing well; new well to be drilled

(SEPT. 13, 2017) SCOTTS VALLEY, CA – The Scotts Valley Water District today announced one of its wells has failed due to a cave-in of the well column at approximately 900 feet underground. The 25-year-old well located at the Orchard Run Treatment Plant site was the district’s top-producing well, providing 30-40% of the district’s potable water. Following an investigation and evaluation of the damage, repair of the well was deemed impossible. To make up for the loss of this source, production has been increased at other district-owned well sites.

“Though we are frustrated to have suffered the problem of aging infrastructure at this scale, we remain confident we can continue to meet customer demand while developing our plan of action for a replacement well,” said Piret Harmon, district general manager. “In the months ahead, the district will proceed with drilling a new well near the old one. We expect to have this work completed by the end of this year. In the meantime, we will rely on other sources and we ask that customers continue to use water efficiently.”

In order to be prepared for anticipated fall hot weather, district staff will have replacement pumps and motors pre-positioned in case they are needed for repairs to any of the district’s other production wells. Additionally, the district is prepared to activate the emergency intertie with San Lorenzo Valley Water District. The intertie was completed in 2016 and was intended specifically for situations such as a well failure, though the district has not needed to rely on it yet.

ABOUT THE NEW WELL

Pacific Coast Drilling has been selected to perform the drilling work.
Drilling is expected to take approximately two weeks, with work taking place 24 hours a day during this time.
The new well is projected to have a depth of 1,400 feet and capacity of up to 500 gallons per minute.
The emergency project cost is estimated to be $1.6 million and it will be funded from district reserves.