PWS Project Overview

What: Pure Water Soquel will involve taking already treated municipal wastewater from the City of Santa Cruz, purifying it through advanced water purification methods, replenishing the basin through recharge wells, and creating a seawater barrier

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. The Project treatment system includes components at the Santa Cruz Wastewater Treatment Facility and at property on the southwest corner of the Soquel Avenue-Chanticleer Avenue intersection. Pipeline routes would generally follow road or railroad rights-of-way. Seawater Intrusion Prevention (SWIP)  well locations include:  Twin Lakes Church, Willowbrook Lane, and near 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 5 of development and undergoing full design with construction beginning in 2020 with the goal of being on-line by 2022.

Cost: It is anticipated that the cost of the project is approximately $90 million ($65-$140M, Class IV Estimate).  The District has been awarded a $50 million dollar grants for implementation under the SWRCB's Proposition 1 Groundwater Program.  The District has also been selected for low-interest loans through the EPA's Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program and the SWRCB's Seawater Intrusion Control Loan Program. .