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Water News

Scotts Valley Water District Prepares for Possible Public Safety Power Shutoffs

PG&E may turn off electricty when extreme fire danger conditions are forecasted

(SEPT. 17, 2019) SCOTTS VALLEY, CA – The Scotts Valley Water District (SVWD) today announced the District has taken important steps to prepare for the possibility of Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) by PG&E this fall.

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. 


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.