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For the Love of…Music and Water! - February 2020

The month of February brings thoughts of Valentine’s Day, and love…and also of cold weather, rain, clouds, and the ideal day staying home where it’s warm and dry and cozy. In honor of wet weather that we certainly love (and need!), this month I thought we’d offer a fun list of some songs about water, and love. Some are classics from a variety of musical genres, but I also include a list of educational songs for children to help them understand the importance of this most-precious natural resource.

Happy New Year! May 2020 Be as Successful and Rewarding as 2019! - January 2020

Well, all of our calendars are now out of “the teens” and into “the twenties.” What a milestone!

Here at the Soquel Creek Water District we enter 2020 with a great sense of accomplishment and achievement – and a strong resolve to continue our determination and hard work in providing a clean, safe, sustainable water supply for the community we serve.

We achieved so much in the last year, and those successes have set the stage for even more great things in 2020. Here is a brief run-down of some of the District’s key accomplishments of 2019:

District Awarded $50 Million Grant and $36 Million Low-Interest Loan from the State Board for Pure Water Soquel! - December 2019

I’m thrilled to let you know that the District was recently awarded a $50 million grant from the State’s Proposition 1 Groundwater Implementation Grant Program! This is a substantial boost for the Pure Water Soquel Groundwater Replenishment and Seawater Intrusion Prevention Project, and we are very grateful to the State Water Resources Control Board. The State Board also approved a $36 million very low interest (1.3%) loan through its Seawater Intrusion Control Loan Program, representing approximately $11 million in interest savings compared to original projections.

Soquel Creek Water District Awarded $50 Million Prop 1 State Grant for Pure Water Soquel

The Soquel Creek Water District is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a State Proposition 1 Groundwater Implementation Grant in the amount of $50 million, for its Pure Water Soquel Groundwater Replenishment and Seawater Intrusion Prevention Project. The award was unanimously made at today’s State Water Resources Control Board meeting in Sacramento. 

Court Rules in Favor of Pure Water Soquel Project

Yesterday, Superior Court Judge Timothy J. Schmal in Santa Cruz County ruled in favor of the Soquel Creek Water District on all elements of a legal action brought against the District earlier this year. The legal action alleged insufficiencies in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Pure Water Soquel Groundwater Replenishment and Seawater Intrusion Prevention Project. The District’s Board of Directors certified the EIR and approved the project on December 18, 2018.

Celebrating the Ribbon Cutting of a Water Purification Project Across the Bay - Pure Water Monterey - November 2019

As our Pure Water Soquel project continues with design and towards construction, we are happy to congratulate our friends across the bay at Monterey One Water, upon their recent ribbon cutting of their Pure Water Monterey advanced water purification facility last month!

Water Main Flushing to Begin in Early November

To maintain the highest water quality, Soquel Creek Water District crews will be flushing water mains in early November in areas of Soquel to prepare for purchasing drinking water (treated surface water) from the City of Santa Cruz Water Department. 

Because not all areas can be flushed with the zero-discharge NO-DES flushing truck, traditional flushing will be performed in some areas.  You may notice water running down the street while flushing.  While this may seem like water waste, it is essential to maintaining high quality water for our customers.

Potential PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff

PG&E has notified Soquel Creek Water District that is a potential PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff is scheduled over the next several days, starting Saturday night. The District will be relying on generators to provide you water. Backup generators are the District’s best option, however, generators and fuel are limited and it will be challenging for us to maintain the system with water if the outage lasts several days.

During a PSPS outage, it is VERY important for YOU to conserve water even if your house has power.

Soquel Creek Water District Chosen as a Recipient for a Federal Low-Interest Loan of $49 Million for its Pure Water Soquel Project

The Soquel Creek Water District was chosen by the US Environmental Protection Agency to submit an application for a $49 million low-interest loan through its Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan program. The funds will be used toward design and construction of the District’s Pure Water Soquel Groundwater Replenishment and Seawater Intrusion Prevention Project.