Water News

Santa Margarita Community Room Dedication Ceremony

Santa Margarita Community Room now available to non-profit groups.

The Scotts Valley Water District and its Board of Directors are very pleased to announce that the newly updated SVWD Board Room will now be available as a meeting space, free of charge, for non-profit organizations.  As a result of this action, the Board Room will now be renamed the "Santa Margarita Community Room", after our local Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin.  

Click here for Santa Margarita Community Room Use Application

The Value of Water: Why water conservation doesn’t equal money savings

Like water customers throughout the Central Coast and many other parts of California, Scotts Valley Water District ratepayers have responded to the historic drought by sharply reducing their water use even as El Niño rains fall across our service area. Although El Niño is bringing some relief to the parched soil, it will take longer than a single year for our thirsty watersheds to recover. Water conservation is still necessary to assist in the recuperation of our watersheds.

SVWD recommends that its customers maintain their efficient use of water. By setting a target of using 75 gallons per person per day in summer and 60 gallons per person per day in winter, we can collectively meet that goal.

Although this conservation plan will help our watersheds, it also generates a different kind of problem. We are used to being rewarded when we do our part in helping out. However, that general rule works differently when we talk about water pricing.

People often ask me: “If I’m using less water, why don’t water rates go down?” It’s a great question, and here is how I try to explain that counterintuitive correlation.

Draft Report for the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin Boundary Revision Request

California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (SGMA) is aimed at strengthening local control and management of groundwater basins throughout the state.  The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has defined the boundaries for groundwater basins that require management under SGMA.  On November 16, 2015, DWR initiated the process for local agencies to request modifications to groundwater basin boundaries.   
Scotts Valley Water District (SVWD), in coordination with San Lorenzo Valley Water District and the County of Santa Cruz has been working with HydroMetrics Water Resources, Inc. to develop a the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin Boundary Revision Request.   The SVWD seeks local input on its proposal to modify the existing groundwater basins as a larger basin called the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin.  This notice provides information about the proposed modifications on providing input.

The modified basin boundary will better reflect the geologic structure of the area, and mirror the ongoing management of the area’s shared groundwater resource.  It will also clarify and define the boundaries with adjacent basins that are managed by neighboring agencies. Click here to view the Santa Margarita Goundwater Basin Boundary Revision Request Draft Report. Additional information about rules regulating public and local input as well as links from DWR on the basin boundary modification process are also provided on the website.

For notification of the proposed modification, or for additional information regarding the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin Boundary Modification, please email or submit a written request to the following address:
Scotts Valley Water District
Attn: Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin Boundary Modification
2 Civic Center Drive
Scotts Valley, California 95066

Thoughts on the Value of Water

Thoughts on the Value of Water
By Piret Harmon, General Manager 

When people talk about water, the conversation is usually dominated by the issue of availability. For example, over the past several years, there has been a lot of attention — and rightly so — given to the drought and the problem of not having enough water. Now, we are focused on the effects of having too much water during a potential El Niño.

Regardless of how much water is available in any given year, we still expect water to come out of our taps at home and work, even if we are committed to using that water more efficiently. It’s difficult to imagine even one day without immediate access to a clean and reliable source of water for drinking, bathing and preparing meals.

Scotts Valley Water District Prepares for El Nino


SCOTTS VALLEY — Dec. 1, 2015 — In preparation for a strong El Niño event that could bring major rainfall to the region this winter, Scotts Valley Water District is taking steps to ensure safe and reliable water service to customers during severe storm conditions.

Heavy rainfall and high winds often lead to power outages and debris that can affect the infrastructure of our groundwater system, including wells, booster pumps and stations, and reservoir tanks.

In December, the District will update its emergency response plan and conduct a full training for all operations staff to review roles and responsibilities during emergencies. The District is taking these specific steps now to safeguard against storm impacts:

  • Testing backup generator power to support wells and pump stations during an outage.
  • Ensuring battery backups at remote tank sites and booster stations will allow operation up to a week without power.
  • Ordering extra parts to prepare for the possibility of a high number of repairs to water mains and individual service lines.
  • Making sure all drainage is clear around tank sites and roads leading to District infrastructure.

“There has been a lot of talk about El Niño and the big storms,” said David McNair, District Operations Manager. “We’re working to ensure the district is prepared.”

Scotts Valley Water District Customers Far Exceed State Goal For Reduction in Systemwide Potable Water Demand

Average demand during peak summers months down nearly 30% compared to baseline figures in 2013

Scotts Valley, CA — Oct. 30, 2015 — Scotts Valley Water District experienced a 29.75% reduction in potable water use during Summer 2015 compared to the same four-month period in 2013, the baseline year used by the state Water Control Resources Board to set drought-related reduction targets for municipal water districts.