Prop 1 Pilot Recharge/Seawater Intrusion Well Project

What is the Pilot Recharge/Seawater Intrusion Well Project?

A Pilot Recharge/Seawater Intrusion well will test the recharge capacity and rate of water that can be effectively stored into the basin to serve as replenishment and create a barrier against seawater intrusion. The testing will use groundwater (not recycled purified water). The District has prepared an initial study/mitigated negative declaration for the project and is also developing the basis of design that will be used to construct, develop, and test this well. Additional testing will be done on furthering the geochemical characterization of the aquifer units in this area. After testing, the pilot well will be capped and could be used as a permanent seawater intrusion prevention/recharge well if the District goes forward with its proposed Pure Water Soquel project.  

Where will this Pilot Well Be Located?

The pilot well is located at 2701 Cabrillo College Drive in Aptos, California.

What is the Timeline for the Project?

The pilot well is constructed from early winter through spring 2019 with pilot testing to follow.

How is this Pilot Project Funded?

The District received a $2 million dollar grant from the State Water Resources Control Board earlier this year.  Part of those funds are going to construct this pilot well and testing of the aquifer.