Press Releases

Soquel Creek Water District Named One of Bay Area’s Top Workplaces for 2019

Soquel Creek Water District has been recognized as one of 85 Top Workplaces in 2019 by The Bay Area News Group. This is the District’s first time on the list. The annual award is based solely on employee feedback gathered through an anonymous, third-party survey.

Monterey Bay Area High School Students Awarded for Their Videos about Water-Wise Gardening

Nine winners were recognized for their original videos about Water Wise Gardens at the Soquel Creek Water District Board Meeting on May 21, 2019. There will be other recognition ceremonies for the winning videos in late June in Carmel, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. The fifth annual student-made video contest this year was organized by the Water Conservation Coalition of Santa Cruz County (WCC), and the Monterey County Water Awareness Committee (WAC). Over 90 videos were submitted from the following high schools in the Monterey Bay area: Aptos, Carmel, Gonzales, Pajaro Valley, Scotts Valley and Watsonville High School! 

Groundwater Recharge Testing at Mid-County Locations

The County of Santa Cruz and the Soquel Creek Water District will be conducting groundwater recharge testing at two sites to investigate potential stormwater capture projects.

Soquel Creek Water District Honored With “Transparency Certificate of Excellence”

The Soquel Creek Water District (District) proudly announces that it has been honored by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF), a state-wide nonprofit dedicated to providing recognition and professional certifications to special district officials and employees. For the third time since 2015, the District has received the Transparency Certificate of Excellence. The District is also honored that its General Manager, Ron Duncan, has received the distinguished Special District Administrator Certification.

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. 

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.

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.

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.