Scotts Valley Water District - Press Release: Water Treatment Plant Upgrades Improve Water Quality
Press Release: Water Treatment Plant Upgrades Improve Water Quality

Important Capital Improvement Project Now Complete! 

Upgrades to the Orchard Run Water Treatment Plant that will improve water quality and plant efficiency are complete.  

Groundwater is the only source of drinking water for Scotts Valley Water District customers. Although the District’s water meets or exceeds all state and federal drinking water standards, customers have expressed a desire for improved taste and odor of their water for many years. 

The $3.5-million-dollar project is part of the District’s Capital Improvement Plan. It was funded by District water rates including the basic service charge paid monthly by all customers.

 “We’re dedicated to providing water that is both safe and refreshing to drink,” SVWD Manager Piret Harmon said. “As part of that commitment, we invested in the Orchard Run Water Treatment Plant, supported by input and funding from our customers.”

The project, which broke ground in November 2020, included: 

  • Installation of two new 10‐foot diameter granular activated carbon (GAC) filters, each with a capacity to filter up to 800 gallons per minute (GPM). The GACs, a new technology for the District, help to improve the taste and odor of the water.
  • Replacement of old infrastructure with new equipment included a 40,000-gallon capacity welded steel water storage tank and odor scrubber with a treatment capacity of 3,000 cubic feet per minute.
  • Demolition of existing tanks, reinforced concrete foundations, decommissioned low‐voltage electrical components and removal of old equipment.
  • Modifications of existing process piping, electrical upgrades, new control and chemical feed systems.

The Orchard Run Water Treatment Plant first went online in 1993 and treats water pumped from the Orchard Run and 3B wells on the north side of Scotts Valley. It’s the largest of the District’s three water treatment plants with a capacity to produce more than 1 million gallons of water daily.


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