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Water News

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and Regulations that were adopted in 1996 and revised  40 times over the last 20 years and included unnecessary and outdated information.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

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...

First Monterey Bay Friendly Landscapes Certified!

The District has recently certified it's first Scotts Valley Monterey Bay Friendly Landscapes! This voluntary rating system applies to new construction or renovations, providing property owners and professionals with a regionally consistent framework for creating healthy, environmentally sound landscapes. Certified landscape owners meeting Monterey Bay Friendly standards are provided public recognition, educational signage and life-long discounts at over 20 local nurseries, irrigation suppliers and related businesses.

Some of the landscape criteria include:
- Use of mulch and compost in planting beds
- Natural pruning and spacing of plants
- Growing drought tolerant plants
- Reducing lawn to no more than 25% of the landscape
- Using low-volume irrigation and preventing irrigation run-off

See http://green-gardener.org/portfolio/landscape_certification/# for the full criteria and contact us at conservation@svwd.org if you would like to participate. We are happy to come by at no charge to evaluate your property- sometimes only a few adjustments can make your home or business bay friendly.