Water Wisdom

The Soquel Creek Water District runs a monthly column called "Water Wisdom" in the Aptos Times and the Capitola/Soquel Times.  "Water Wisdom" is designed to deliver insightful perspectives on managing water.

Fall is Coming, and it’s a Great Time to Plant!

Soquel Creek Water District offers fall planting tips and ways to save water and money


It’s not too early to think about what to do with your garden and landscaping this fall!

Many people think of spring as the prime planting period, but here are some great reasons – well-known to many home gardeners – that fall is really the perfect time to plant:

What Are Some Things We Just Can’t Live Without? - August 2018

Spoiler Alert: A high-quality, reliable, sustainable water supply is one of them!

When you get right down to it, there are just two basic things that humans can’t live without: water and food. Providing one of those (We can’t live without water!) is what the Soquel Creek Water District is all about!

Nature Offers Lessons for Water Supply Resiliency – July 2018

When it comes to the effective management of our groundwater resources, the Soquel Creek Water District’s goals are simple: keep our water supply safe, keep it reliable, and keep it sustainable. To be successful in this, we must be flexible and adapt to changing circumstances, build-in redundancies to our systems, and understand the variety of scenarios we may face, in order to plan effectively and ensure a resilient water supply for the generations to come.

Community Water Plan Update: Water solution evaluations for the mid-county groundwater basin are underway after more than five years of community effort - June 2018

This is a historical time in our water district’s Community Water Plan history. We are at the cross roads of several water supply and groundwater recharge projects that will help protect our critically overdrafted groundwater aquifers from seawater contamination. For the past 15 years the District has been redistributing our well pumping away from the coast, requiring new construction to pay for conservation measures that save water, and we continue to incentivize water conservation through 14 different conservation rebates.

Stage 3 Water Shortage Still in Effect Due to Groundwater Overdraft Conditions - May 2018

From last October to March our area received just over 16 inches of rain, which is only 62% of the typical average rainfall. Additionally, the District— in partnership with the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency— received new data this year validating that seawater intrusion is literally “knocking at the front door” of our groundwater supply along our entire coastline, from Pleasure Point to La Selva Beach.