Long-term strategic planning is a critical element of managing the water supply. The California Urban Water Management Planning Act requires preparation of a plan to guide the actions of water management agencies and provides elected officials, managers and the public with a broad perspective on a number of water supply issues. The first Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) for the Scotts Valley Water District was prepared in 1998 and is updated every five years, starting in 2000.
The 2015 UWMP Update covers a planning period through 2040 and contains information about the public water system, current and projected water uses current and projected sources of water available to the agency, water supply reliability, and water shortage contingency planning and demand management measures. As such, the UWMP is designed to coordinate with General Plans set forth by the County of Santa Cruz and the City of Scotts Valley, as well as Integrated Regional Water Management Plan and Groundwater Management Plan.
The update includes the Water Shortage Contingency Plan. The District's plan for dealing with water shortages, including the stages of action during a shortage, prohibitions on users, penalties or other enforcement of prohibitions, methods to reduce consumption, determining reductions, impacts to District revenues and expenditures, ordinances/resolutions that formalize the water shortage contingency plan and planning for a catastrophic supply interruption, is set out in Section 8.