Stage 3 Water Shortage & Groundwater Emergency
Stage 3 Water Supply Shortage Extended Through 2020 & 2021
The Board of Directors voted to approve Resolution 19-08, declaring a continued Stage 3 Water Supply Shortage at their regularly scheduled meeting on April 7, 2020. No Emergency Rates were adopted. Stage 3 restrictions will remain in place until rescinded by the Board.
Soquel Creek Water District has been in Stage 3 since 2014 due to our community's long-term groundwater supply shortage and the threat of seawater intrusion to our water supply. Learn more about Seawater Intrusion here.
Our conservation goal in 2020 & early 2021 is to collectively use 25% less water than in 2013 (pre-drought usage). To achieve this goal, we are suggesting an annual average water use guideline of 50 gallons per person, per day.
Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency Guidelines:
- Efficient Water Use Guideline: During the Stage 3 Water Shortage in 2020 and early 2021, efficient water use is defined as an annual average of 50 gallons per person, per day. This is a general guideline only as each household is unique.
- Car Washing Restriction: Use of a recycled water car wash is preferred. However, vehicles may be washed at home if done efficiently. Water should not run off of the property, where possible. Efficient car washing includes any of the three methods: a waterless spray, a bucket and hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle, and/or a pressure washer. All methods should minimize water running off of the property.
- Exterior Structure Washing Restriction: No exterior washing of structures unless for sanitation and health purposes, or if preparing to paint or stain and a pressure washer is used.
- Save Water Signage Requirement: Businesses and institutions must display provided signage encouraging conservation and reporting of water waste. Contact Staff for free signs.
Rules of Water Waste
Our Water Waste rules are always in effect. See the Rules of Water Waste.
Shelley Flock, Conservation & Customer Service Field Manager