PWS Monterey SWIP Well

Latest Update: May 7, 2021


The drill rig is being demobilized.

Project Summary

Construction of the Sea Water Intrusion Prevention (SWIP) Well portion of the Pure Water Soquel program will continue with the construction with the drilling phase of the Monterey SWIP well starting in November 2020. The Monterey SWIP Well will be one of the three Pure Water Soquel injection wells that will inject the highly purified water into the groundwater aquifer.

The Monterey SWIP well site is located on Monterey Avenue near the Shorelife Community Church on an existing Soquel Creek Water District well site. Construction will start with the removal of the existing structures on the site and the destruction of the existing out-of-service production well on the site. Site preparation and the construction of temporary sound walls will follow to help to reduce construction noise from well drilling to the surrounding residents. Following this, a well drill rig will be mobilized onto the site and start the drilling of the well to a depth of approximately 550 feet.

The drilling process is an around-the-clock effort, and crews will be working 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Once drilling is complete, crews will work to develop, test, and disinfect the well. This process will return to normal working hours of Monday through Friday 8 am to 6 pm, with the exception of 1 to 2 days of 24-hour work. During construction, residents can expect some contractor traffic to and from the site along Monterey Avenue from workers and occasional material/equipment deliveries. Additionally, the alley access to the Shorelife Community Church apartments will be blocked during construction. Alternate access will be provided through the Church's parking lot off of Kennedy Drive. Residents can expect a temporary increase in noise from construction activities coming from the site. All construction equipment and materials will be kept within the project site.