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Happy 2019! Water Saving Resolutions for the New Year!

Thank you for caring about your water supply!  We appreciate our community's continued efforts in embracing a water-wise lifestyle.Here are 5 ways to save water in the New Year.

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District Proposing New Water Rates under Prop 218 - Public Hearing on February 19

Soquel Creek Water District is proposing a new, simpler water rate structure, and increases in water rates and service charges. These changes are being considered to provide sufficient revenue for the District so that it may continue to plan and build for the future, and ensure that its customers will have a reliable and sustainable water supply.

In accordance with Proposition 218, the state statute that governs how water rates are set, the District will hold a public hearing to consider these proposed changes:

Soquel Creek Water District Board of Directors Certifies Final Environmental Impact Report and Approves Its Pure Water Soquel Groundwater Replenishment and Seawater Intrusion Prevention Project

At its meeting last night (December 18), the Soquel Creek Water District Board of Directors took another environmental step forward in protecting its groundwater supply from further contamination of seawater intrusion. Following detailed staff presentations, Board discussion, and public input by over 25 of the approximately 70 meeting attendees, the Board unanimously certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR) for its proposed Pure Water Soquel Groundwater Replenishment and Seawater Intrusion Prevention Project (Project). With the Final EIR officially certified, the Board then approved the Project, which can now move forward towards creating a long-term, resilient, and diversified water supply aimed at basin sustainability.

Responses to Comments on Draft Environmental Impact Report, Pure Water Soquel: Groundwater Replenishment and Seawater Intrusion Prevention

The public review period for the Pure Water Soquel: Groundwater Replenishment and Seawater Intrusion Prevention (Project) Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was held June 29 through August 13, 2018. Soquel Creek Water District (District) received five comment letters from public agencies, seven from non-governmental organizations, and 95 from individual members of the public. In addition, the District received oral comments from eight members of the public.

Water Main Flushing - Week of December 10th

The District plans to flush the water mains the week of December 10-17 in the following areas:

Rosedale Ave. (Between Soquel Dr. and Hwy. 1), Orchard St., Orchard Ct. and Pepperwood Way.

Alturas Way, S. Park Dr., Nathan Ct. and Subec Ln.

Status Update on Community Water Plan Water Supply Options to be presented to District Board on December 4

At its upcoming meeting on December 4, the Soquel Creek Water District Board of Directors will hear an update on the water supply options within its Community Water Plan, which is the District’s roadmap to addressing seawater intrusion and creating long-term water reliability and sustainability.

Santa Cruz Water Department and Soquel Creek Water District Initiate Water Purchase with Joint Pilot Project

The City of Santa Cruz Water Department and the Soquel Creek Water District announced today that the pilot project consisting of the District purchasing a limited amount of surface water from the City received final approval from the State and is on schedule to begin around November 26, 2018 and continue through April 30, 2019. This step in the pilot project follows significant study and analyses of the various elements involved in blending the City’s surface water with the District’s groundwater. Last year, the two agencies conducted laboratory testing which demonstrated initial compatibility with respect to water quality and now both agencies are proceeding with evaluating actual transfers in practice.

Water Success in 2018

By Dr. Bruce Daniels, 2018 President, Board of Directors

Soquel Creek Water District has made great progress in the last year in some major goals: To deliver safe, high-quality water to our customers 365 days a year, 24 hours a day in a fiscally responsible manner while evaluating new sustainable water supplies to stave off salt water intrusion.

Soquel Creek Water District Invited to Submit Formal Proposal for State Grant

Soquel Creek Water District received notice earlier this month from the State Water Resources Control Board that its Concept Proposal for a significant State grant was accepted and the District has been invited to submit a formal proposal. In August 2018, the District submitted the initial Concept Proposal for funding to support its proposed Groundwater Replenishment and Seawater Intrusion Prevention Project (known as Pure Water Soquel) through the State Groundwater Grant Program. The District can now submit a formal proposal which would provide up to $50 million toward that project. The State already provided a $2 million planning grant for the project, thus this next opportunity would build and invest upon that effort.

Soquel Creek Water District Reminds Customers: Stage 3 Water Shortage Conditions Still in Effect

The Soquel Creek Water District is reminding its water customers that the local groundwater supply remains critically over-drafted, and the Stage 3 water use constraints remain in place. The District has been in a Stage 3 Water Shortage and Groundwater Emergency condition since 2014 due to the long-term groundwater supply shortage and seawater intrusion occurring at the coast. Maintaining the Stage 3 condition means that water-use restrictions and requirements for the District’s water customers are still in place— more information about these can be found at www.soquelcreekwater.org/stage3-residential.