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City of Santa Cruz Tertiary Membrane Pilot Project Wins 2018 Engineering Achievement Award

On Feb. 8 the City of Santa Cruz Wastewater Treatment Facility (SCWWTF) was awarded the 2018 Engineering Achievement Award from the California Water Environment Association (Monterey Bay Section) for a pilot project that evaluated tertiary treatment technology in a joint effort with Soquel Creek Water District (District).

Soquel Creek Water District Ceremoniously Breaks Ground on Seawater Intrusion Prevention Recharge Pilot Well

The Soquel Creek Water District ceremonially broke ground yesterday on a pilot well which will be used to determine recharge and extraction capacity of the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Basin. Once operational, the well data will help the District better understand how the aquifer can be replenished to prevent seawater contamination with the goal of developing a system of recharge wells to protect the groundwater basin and prevent further seawater intrusion. 

For the Love of…Books on Water - February 2019

February… it’s the month we celebrate love and it’s still wintertime so you may be cuddled up with a book, perhaps under a blanket, and by the fire.  In the spirit of this column being about WATER— I want to share a quick overview of some critically-acclaimed books about water — ranging from the struggles of water security, to the history and future of water systems, to amusing and educational children’s books.   

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water (1986; revised in 1992) by Marc Reisner

Our New Year’s Resolution: Recharge and Replenishment - January 2019

The Soquel Creek Water District’s New Year’s resolution for 2019 - and beyond - is recharge and replenishment of our groundwater supply. How do we plan to keep this resolution? With several exciting projects and strategies that are part of our Community Water Plan, and its overarching aim of preventing seawater intrusion into the community’s water supply.

Water Main Flushing: Febrary 6–8

The District plans to flush the water mains February 6-8,8:30 AM to 4:30 PM in the following areas:  

Wharf Rd. from Soquel Wharf Rd. to Grace St. and Clares St. from Wharf Rd. to 46th Ave.

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.

DON’T WATER WHEN IT RAINS!

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:

February 19, 2019, 6:00 pm

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.