Water Supply Self-Certification

On May 9, 2016, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-37-16 “Making Water Conservation A California Way of Life” and directed the State Water Resources Control Board to adjust and extend its emergency water conservation regulations through the end of January 2017 in recognition of the differing water supply conditions for many communities. Drought conditions continue to exist and will likely continue for the foreseeable future. Additional action is necessary to prevent waste and unreasonable use of water and to promote water use efficiency.

On May 18, 2016, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted the Drought Emergency Water Conservation Regulations ending the mandatory 25 percent water conservation goal statewide. The new regulation in effect through January 2017 allows Scotts Valley Water District (SVWD) to develop conservation standards based on its water supply. The regulation requires SVWD to conduct a “stress test” and self-certify the level of water supply available assuming three additional dry years mirroring 2013, 2014 and 2015 water years. The new standard requires local water agencies to ensure a three-year supply assuming three more dry years like the ones the state experienced from 2012 to 2015.

Self- Certification Requirement: Every urban water supplier is required to submit a self-certification of supply reliability for three additional years of drought no later than June 22, 2016, and post the information on its website. Based on the new regulations the Scotts Valley Water District certified on June 21, 2016, a conservation standard of 0% reduction requirement. Click here to view SVWD water supply reliability certification.

Scotts Valley Water District:
● Self –Certified Water Conservation Standard: 0% ● Conservation Standard: Voluntary

Background Information
SVWD adopted a 2016 Water Efficiency Program: Think Twice. This program is a multi-pronged approach to voluntary efforts by customers to promote water-efficient behaviors, increase awareness about outdoor water use efficiencies, and continuously eliminate water waste. Click here to view.

SVWD draws groundwater from the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin, which contains several basins. Our supply comes from wells in the Lompico Butano and Santa Margarita aquifer. In 2015 the District completed the Santa Margarita Basin Groundwater Modeling Technical Study (SMBGMTS). The study determined a sustainable yield of 3060 AFY for the entire SMGB. Within the SVWD subarea of the SMGB, a sustainable pumping yield of 2,160 AFY is allocated to the Lompico and Butano aquifers. For self-certification, the sustainable yield is of 1890 AFY that is allocated to the Lompico aquifer within the subarea. Click here to view.

SVWD in accordance with the Urban Water Management Planning Act has completed and submitted the 2015 SVWD Urban Water Management Plan. Click here to view.