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.

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.

The Impacts of Climate Change - April 2018

Written by:  Dr. Bruce Daniels, Board President

Climate change is a serious issue all over the planet. It also has real impacts right here in our Soquel Creek Water District that must be considered for our water supply planning.

Many Layers of Groundwater Awareness - March 2018

Raising awareness of groundwater is extremely important locally since ALL our water supply in the Santa Cruz Mid-County region comes from a complex groundwater basin comprised of two aquifers, the Purisima Formation and the Aromas Red Sands. Although we, including our hydrologists and others representing  the county, state, and federal  officials, have been studying these aquifers for more than 60 years, our knowledge and understanding of our local groundwater resources is continuously expanding as more data is gathered, water use changes, climate changes, and new wells are drilled.