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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

On November 15th, 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.

Potential PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff

PG&E has notified Soquel Creek Water District that potential power shutoff may occur starting Wednesday and last through Friday. If power is shut off all customers must abide by the Short-Term Stage 5 Critical Water Shortage emergency measures. These measures include no outdoor irrigation, no vehicle washing, no exterior washing of any kind, no water use for aesthetic purposes, and no filling of pools or hot tubs. 

What can you do?

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We've Lost a Beloved Member of our Work Family

It is with immense grief that we let you know we've lost a beloved member of our work family. We’re devastated by the loss of Vaidehi Campbell (also known as Vaidehi Williams), who’s been with us here for 18 years. Vai, along with the others who lost their lives aboard the diving boat Conception, will be greatly missed.