Pure Water Soquel Project Information

What: Pure Water Soquel will use advanced water purification methods to purify recycled water for replenishing the groundwater basin to increase protective water levels and prevent seawater intrusion from moving further inland.

Where: The Project includes facilities in portions of the cities of Santa Cruz and Capitola, and in the Live Oak, Soquel, and Aptos communities of unincorporated Santa Cruz County, California. The treatment process is planned to be split: tertiary treatment at the Santa Cruz Wastewater Treatment Facility and Advanced Water Purification at the corner of Chanticleer Ave/Soquel Ave and three seawater intrusion prevention wells at Monterey Avenue, Willowbrook Lane, and Cabrillo College Drive. Click here to see a map of the planned sites and conveyance pipelines (click to see map).

Why: The Project will help increase the sustainability of the District’s groundwater supply, upon which it currently relies for 100% of its water supply, reduce the degree of overdraft conditions in the District’s groundwater basin, protect against and aid in preventing further seawater intrusion of the groundwater basin, and promote beneficial reuse by reducing discharge of treated wastewater to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary by 25%. The project will help bring the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Basin, which has been identified by the State of California as 'critically overdrafted' into sustainability and has been listed in the region's Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP).  The state has mandated that the groundwater basin be sustainable by 2040.

When: The project is currently in Year 5 of development with the certification of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Project Approval in 2018.  The project is currently in various stages of design and construction and the goal remains to be on-line and operational by end of 2022.

Cost: It is anticipated that the cost of the project is approximately $90 million (class IV estimate).  The District has been awarded over $2 million dollars in grants for planning efforts and is exploring federal and state grant programs for implementation/construction. Pure Water Soquel Project was selected for $50M Prop 1 Grant,  $36M State Seawater Intrusion Control low-interest loan from the State of California, and $49M low-interest loan from US EPA Wifia program. The Project is still waiting to hear on as US Bureau of Reclamation's Title XVI Program (up to $20 million) grant. 




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