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Soquel Creek Water District
News and Updates

September 2014
Water Conservation - Latest News
Thank you for Saving Water!
In August, the amount of water we pumped out of the ground was 26% less than last year thanks to the efforts of you, our conservation-minded customers. August 2014 production was 107,640 million gallons compared to 145,840 million gallons produced in August 2013. Thank you for your hard work.

Our water shortage is a long-term issue that is not caused by the current drought. When the rains come, we will still need to work together to continue conserving water. Making water conservation a way of life helps to protect our water supply from further seawater intrusion as we continue searching for additional water supplies. 

Conservation Plus Program
Last night (September 2) the Board of Directors delayed adoption of the Conservation Plus program because they want to get more input from the public. Conservation Plus is a proposed year-round, long-term water savings program aimed at helping to protect our water supply while the District seeks new water sources.

There is a lot you can be doing now to save water and we are here to help:

September 9th Public Meeting on California's Pending Groundwater Law: What does this mean for the Mid-County Basin?
The County of Santa Cruz, Soquel Creek Water District, and Central Water District will be holding its next mid-county groundwater stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, September 9th from 7-9 pm at the Soquel Congregational Church Community Room, 4951 Soquel Drive, Soquel. The meeting will include a presentation by Russ McGlothlin, water rights attorney for Brownstein Hyatt Faber Schreck. He will focus on the bills that were passed by the State Legislature last Friday and what this may mean locally to our Mid-County basin. 

The bills, SB 1168 and AB 1739  are structured so the governor must sign both for either to take effect; a third bill also emerged and the trio package would regulate local water-basin managers in certain areas to craft groundwater plans aimed at basin sustainability. The goal is for statewide sustainable groundwater use within 20 years, that balances economic, social, and environmental benefits. Under the new legislation, the state would review local plans and reserve the power to step in if local areas are not prepared or managed.

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Update on Back-Up Water Supply Options
Since September 2013, the District has held public exploratory meetings on water supply projects including desalination, surface water transfer with the City of Santa Cruz, recycled water for groundwater replenishment, and accelerating conservation. On August 26, the Board held a workshop and conducted a criteria-based analysis of supply alternatives and directed staff to look more closely at two recycled water options and surface transfers with the City of Santa Cruz and develop a scope to further evaluate the feasibility of these projects. For more information visit: 



Water Wisdom

Each month, Kim Adamson, our General Manager, writes a column that runs in the Aptos Times and the Capitola-Soquel Times. This month Kim discusses the Conservation Plus Program. To access Kim's columns, click here.


Be Proud of Your Efforts!
Have you been using water wisely at your house or business? Get a FREE Yard sign!  We are seeing these yard signs all over the county and we appreciate our community's efforts! To request a sign, call the District office at 475-8500, email your request to custserv@soquelcreekwater.org, or stop by our office and pick one up.



 
For more information, please visit our District website at www.soquelcreekwater.org or call Melanie Schumacher at 831.475.8500. Please share these updates with others!