Press Releases

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.

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

Celebrate Water at the First Annual Water Harvest Festival

For Immediate Release            

Contact: Vaidehi Campbell, Communications Specialist
Phone:  831-475-8501 x142

US Bureau of Reclamation Grant Helps Fund Recycled Water Pilot Study

For Immediate Release

August 2, 2018

Contact: Melanie Mow Schumacher,  Special Projects-Communications Manager
Phone:  831-475-8501 x153

District Awarded Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Award

For Immediate Release

July 11, 2018

Contact: Melanie Mow Schumacher, Associate Manager-Special Projects
Phone: 831-475-8501 x153

New, Higher Rebates to Help Your Household Use its Greywater

For Immediate Release

July 10, 2018

Contact: Shelley Flock
Phone: 831-475-8501x156