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The Scotts Valley Water District today announced Wade Leishman was appointed July 17 and sworn in on July 20 to fill a vacancy on its Board of Directors. As a director, Mr. Leishman will also have an opportunity to serve on board committees and represent the District regionally and statewide. The appointment is to complete a partial term that will last until November 2018.

“In joining the Scotts Valley Water District Board, Wade is taking the long view on water resources and the future of our community,” said Board President Ruth Stiles. “I’m confident this district and our customers will benefit greatly from Wade’s perspective and commitment to the community.”

“I have the sincere desire to help manage, maintain, protect and sustain our vital resources in hopes that my daughters may one day be able to raise their families in Scotts Valley,” said Mr. Leishman in applying for appointment to the board.

The Board of Directors has oversight over Scotts Valley Water District and appoints the General Manager to handle day-to-day operations. The Directors have the power to set the budget, set water rates and establish policies that support the vision and mission of the District. The Board meets monthly to provide direction to the staff on matters such as groundwater sustainability, statewide mandates, and regional conjunctive use projects.

Mr. Leishman is currently employed as a senior IT manager for a global technology manufacturing company. He also owns and operates his own small business.  Mr. Leishman has lived in Scotts Valley for more than 10 years with his wife, Dewana and twin daughters, Jennifer and Emily.

The Board of Directors vacancy was created when longtime District Director Ken Kannegaard died May 27 following a courageous battle with cancer. Director Kannegaard had served on the board since 2006 and was a highly dedicated public servant.


Scotts Valley Water District is a public agency providing water service over six square miles including most of the City of Scotts Valley and a portion of the unincorporated areas north of the city limits. The community of Scotts Valley places a high value on livability, innovation, and planning for the future. Scotts Valley Water District is proud to play a vital role in supporting those efforts by providing a reliable, sustainable, high-quality water supply. Through a partnership with our community, strategic investment in resources and pursuit of new ideas, Scotts Valley Water District is redefining its historic role in order to meet future challenges and turn them into opportunities.

District Mourns Passing of Director Ken Kannegaard

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA – The Scotts Valley Water District is saddened to announce the passing of District Director Ken Kannegaard on May 27, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Director Kannegaard was a highly dedicated public servant, first elected to the Scotts Valley Water District Board of Directors in 2006, and reelected in 2010 and 2014. He served most recently on the Water Resources & Engineering Committee, having served previously on the Executive & Public Affairs Committee and the Finance & Personnel Committee. Director Kannegaard was elected by his fellow directors to be Board President in 2015.
“Ken thought of the District as his second family and deeply cared about the organization and its people,” said General Manager Piret Harmon. “Ken had an inquisitive mind and a caring presence. He took the responsibility of leading the Water District extremely seriously, while always maintaining a gentle demeanor and a wonderful sense of humor. He will be dearly missed.”
A celebration of life is planned for July 1 at 2:00 pm, at Scotts Valley High.

New Administrative Code

New Administrative Code
In our continuing effort to inform our customers of the rules and regulations governing our agency, the Board of Directors has adopted the Scotts Valley Water District Administrative Code.
The Administrative Code prescribes the rules and regulations applicable to the functions of the District.   It organizes and replaces the Rates, Rules and Regulations that were adopted in 1996 and revised  40 times over the last 20 years and included unnecessary and outdated information. 
Click here to view the Scotts Valley Water District Adminstrative Code

Groundwater Recharge System Up and Running During Winter Storms

Scotts Valley Water District is putting the final touches on the project

(FEB. 7, 2017) SCOTTS VALLEY, CA – The Scotts Valley Water District (SVWD) announced today its new groundwater recharge system at the Scotts Valley Transit Center is operational and has been percolating runoff from recent storms into the ground. Click here to view project information including a photo gallery.

Funded by a “low impact development” retrofit grant from the State, the project allows the capture and treatment of stormwater from the Scotts Valley Transit Center parking lot. The District has received more than 51.62 inches of rain as of Monday, Feb. 6, which began Oct. 1, 2016.

The aim of this project is to help recharge the aquifer. Once captured and treated, the water seeps through the soil into the aquifer that Scotts Valley Water District draws on to provide water to customers. It takes years for water to travel through layers of soil and sandstone into...

2017 Water Main Flushing Notification

Scotts Valley Water District will flush water mains February 28, 2017 and March 10, 2017. Please locate your home or business on the schedule below and minimize water use between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on your flushing day. To receive an email reminder, send your address to engineering@svwd.org or visit www.svwd.org.
Flushing removes sediment from pipelines to maintain water quality. Yellow to brown discoloration may occur from dislodged sediment. Cloudy to milky discoloration may occur from entrained air. Flushing may cause varying water pressure. The water is safe to drink and complies with State Water Resources Control Board standards.
If your water is discolored, flush from a cold water fixture as far away from your water meter as possible and let the water run until clear. This could take 5-10 minutes. Do not use a hot water tap to flush, as this draws sediment into your hot water heater. Abstain from doing laundry on the day of flushing and make sure your water is clear before running your washing machine.

Be Prepared for Water Emergencies

photo of a flooded road Scotts Valley Water District is prepared for winter storms and we want you to be as well. Taking the following actions will put you in the best position to help yourself, your family and community during any water or other emergencies:
  1. Stay connected with the Water District through Facebook and our website.
  2. Call to make sure we have all of your current contact information and post the Water District phone number of 438-2363, along with other emergency numbers, at home and work.
  3. Report any leaks or water waste that you see by calling us at 438-2363 or reporting non-urgent leaks on our website.
  4. The City of Scotts Valley Public Works Department maintains roads and storm drains. If needed, contact them at 438-5854.
    Call the Scotts Valley Police Department at 440-5670 for after-hours water emergencies (weekends and before 8am and after 5pm on weekdays). They will dispatch our on-call crew as...

Proposition 218 Notice Amendment

Propostion 218 Notice Amendment
This amendment clarifies the Bi-Monthly Potable Water Rates for Residential Tiered Rates in the original Proposition 218 notice.  All other rate information remains the same.  
Click here to view the Prop 218 Notice Amendment as pdf file
Click here to view Presentation Boards on the Water Rate Study and proposed rate increases.

Scotts Valley Water District is proposing a rate increase and changes to rate structures. The Scotts Valley Water District Board of Directors will hold a Public Hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 12, 2016. The Board of Directors will consider adoption of the proposed water rates, fees and charges, and changes to the water rate structure affecting all water cusotmers.  Interested personson  are encouraged to attend and comment on the issues be discussed.  The meeting will be held in the Santa Margarita Community Room located downstiars at 2 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley, California.  If adopted the rates would go into effect on December 13, 2016 instead of  December 9, 2016 as stated in the original Proposition 218 notice.

Proposition 218 Notice - Proposed Water Rate & Fee Increases and Changes to Rate Structures

Proposed Water Rate Increases and Changes to Rate Structures

Notice is hereby given that Board of Directors of the Scotts Valley Water District will hold a Public Hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 12, 2016 in the Santa Margarita Community Room located downstairs 2 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley, CA  95066, to consider adopting inceases in the water and recycled water rates and changes to rate structures. Click here to view the entire notice as a webpage.  Click here to view the notice as a pdf file. Click here to view the amendment.

In developing its rates, Scotts Valley Water District conducted a comprehensive Water Rate Study.  Click here to view the Water Rate Study webpage.  Click Here to view the draft Water Rate Study Report.

The Water Rate Study included four tasks:1) develop a Financial Model to determine potable and recycled water revenue requirments; 2) conduct a potable and recycled water cost of service and associated tiered rate analyses; 3) conduct connection and impact fee analyses; and 4) develop a rate structure that fulfills community objectives while ensuring adequate revenue to support the utility’s cost requirements.