What: Pure Water Soquel is a groundwater replenishment and seawater intrusion prevention project using advanced water purification methods to purify recycled water for replenishing the groundwater basin and protecting against seawater intrusion.
- Pure Water Soquel Project Overview handout (.pdf)
- List of Current and Past Activities (2013- current)
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 District has identified three potential sites for the Project water treatment facilities, five potential sites (among four properties) for recharge wells, and several options for conveyance pipeline alignments. (click to see map). The Project treatment system could include components at: (1) the Santa Cruz Wastewater Treatment Facility, (2) District-owned property near the Capitola Avenue-Soquel Drive intersection, and/or at property on the southwest corner of the Soquel Avenue-Chanticleer Avenue intersection. Pipeline routes would generally follow road or railroad rights-of-way. Potential recharge well locations include: (1) two sites at Cabrillo College; (2) one site at Twin Lakes Church, (3) one site on District property near Willowbrook Lane, and (4) one site on District property near the Monterey Avenue-Kennedy Drive intersection.
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.
When: The project is currently in Year 4 of development and construction could begin as early as late 2019 with the goal of being on-line by 2022.
Cost: It is anticipated that the cost of the project is approximately $90 million. The District has been awarded over $2 million dollars in grants for planning efforts and are exploring federal and state grant programs for implementation/construction. The Pure Water Soquel Project meets the criteria to compete for grant funding through programs such as the State's Prop 1 Groundwater Program (up to $50 million), US Bureau of Reclamation's Title XVI Program (up to $20 million) as well as low-interest loans through the State Revolving Fund program and WIFIA.