California faces a water shortage crisis and so does our coastal mid-county community. Locally we are challenged with an overdrafted groundwater basin and seawater intrusion occurring at our coastline.
In order to protect our endangered groundwater resources, ensure water reliability and resiliency to our customers, and prepare for climate change and other future challenges we may face, the District developed in 2015 an action-oriented Community Water Plan that was updated in 2017. The Community Water Plan is based on community input, our Urban Water Management Plan, and shall serve as the District's roadmap to meeting our goal of sustainability by 2040. Working together, we can protect our limited and precious water supply.... today and for future generations.
Community Water Plan Components
This plan is multi-faceted and includes
- Promoting water conservation and our water neutral development to reduce groundwater extractions
- Being proactive with our groundwater management program to protect our aquifers
- Seeking supplemental water supplies to meet our water needs.
- Learn about the history and public process we've undertaken to narrow and select our potential new water supply sources
- Learn more about the four supply options the District is evaluating:
Educating the community about water planning is key to protecting our groundwater basin, promoting water conservation and developing a supplemental supply. A diversified water portfolio is essential to our ability to provide a reliable water supply, adapt to climate change impacts and meet water quality requirements. Planning for our water future will allow us to protect the environment and maintain our community as a wonderful place to live and work.
Community Water Plan Document and Handout
- Download our 2017 Community Water Plan Progress Report (.pdf) -NEW! and 2015 Community Water Plan (.pdf)
- Download our At-a-Glance FAQ Chart about River Water Transfers, Pure Water Soquel and Desalination (.pdf)
- Download our 2017 Guiding Principles - Adopted by the Board on January 17, 2017 (.pdf)
- Technical Memorandum titled “Estimated Effects on Sustainable Yield and Pumping Goals of Climate Change and Updated Basin Consumptive Use Using Water Balance Approach” by HydroMetrics WRI (dated October 27, 2015)
- 2015 SqCWD Urban Water Management Plan