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Posted on: September 1, 2021

“60 is the New 40” – Except When it Comes to Pipeline Replacement

In order to provide the community with high-quality, clean water day-in and day-out, the Soquel Creek Water District takes great care in maintaining its infrastructure. The elements of this infrastructure include pump stations to wells, water meters to st...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: August 1, 2021

National Water Quality Month – Your Water is Clean, Safe, and High Quality - August 2021

Every August is National Water Quality Month, and it’s a great opportunity to remind ourselves of how important clean, high-quality water is every day, to every person, to our environment and wildlife, and to our entire planet. Especially in a d...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: July 1, 2021

Water-Saving Tools to Help During Drought - July 2021

Recurring droughts are something we’ve all learned to live with here in California, and unfortunately, this year is shaping up to be one of the worst. As of last month, 94% of California is reported to be in a "severe" (or worse) droug...

Read the July Water Wisdom column

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Posted on: June 1, 2021

Pure Water Soquel Milestone – Seawater Intrusion Prevention Wells Nearing Completion! - June 2021

The Soquel Creek Water District’s Pure Water Soquel project has three primary elements: water treatment facilities; conveyance pipelines; and seawater intrusion prevention (SWIP) wells. I’m thrilled to share with you that one of those three key components...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: May 1, 2021

Water District Launches New Website & Annual Water Quality Report Available - May 2021

The month of May means that the spring season is really in full swing! It’s a time of new growth and rejuvenation – and for the Soquel Creek Water District, spring has brought a brand-new website that is streamlined, cleaner, easier to navigate, and desig...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: April 1, 2021

People Love the New WaterSmart Customer Portal - April 2021

The Soquel Creek Water District's new WaterSmart Customer Portal is an easy-to-use, free online tool giving you more control over your water use and billing, leak detection, and more. Along with our new, intelligent meters (i-Meters) which are now install...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: March 3, 2021

Partnership Helps Kids Learn the Value of Water Sustainability - March 2021

The District is involved in many partnerships, as we carry out our mission of providing a clean, safe, reliable water supply for today and the future. And when it comes to the future, we think about what kind of world we'll leave to today's children in ou...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: February 1, 2021

For the Love of… Podcasts About Water! - February 2021

Here we are in February, the month of love! This pandemic Valentine's Day may be a bit different so I hope everyone can find creative, safe, and socially-distanced ways to express their love and gratitude.

As for Soquel Creek Water District, we continue ou...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: January 1, 2021

District Successfully Navigates an Unprecedented Year, Looks to Future - January 2021

By Rachél Lather, President, Soquel Creek Water District Board of Directors

Many people are breathing a sigh of relief as the new year begins, looking forward to 2021 with hope and optimism while saying farewell to 2020. It was indeed an unprecedented year...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: November 30, 2020

The “WaterSmart” Customer Portal is now available! - December 2020

As water metering technology continues to advance, the District is staying on the cutting edge by implementing the latest tools for our customers, giving you more control over your water use, billing, leak detection, and other tools.

What's the la...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: November 2, 2020

We’re #InThisTogether - Santa Cruz Business Council - November 2020

The Soquel Creek Water District is engaged in multiple approaches to combat over-drafting of the groundwater basin and seawater intrusion into our local water supply. It's important to remember that these severe water supply challenges affect everyone in ...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: October 1, 2020

The Community is Invited to Imagine a Day Without Water - October 2020

Pure Water Soquel will help ensure that day never comes, with over $100 million in funding from the State Water Board and EPA which cover the cost of the project.

Imagine a Day Without Water on October 21 is an annual nationwide day of education and advoca...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: September 1, 2020

We’re #InThisTogether?- Aptos High School - September 2020

The Soquel Creek Water District is engaged in multiple approaches to combat over-drafting of the groundwater basin and seawater intrusion into our local water supply. It's important to remember that these severe water supply challenges affect everyone in ...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: August 1, 2020

August is National Water Quality Month! - August 2020

Every August is National Water Quality Month - an annual opportunity to remind ourselves of the crucial importance of water in our everyday lives and the necessity to protect the quality of our drinking water, our lakes and waterways, and our oceans.

For t...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: July 6, 2020

The District Embraces Community Partnerships - #InThisTogether with Aptos/La Selva Fire - July 2020

The Soquel Creek Water District is engaged in multiple approaches to combat over-drafting of the groundwater basin and seawater intrusion into our local water supply. It's important to remember that these severe water supply challenges affect everyone in ...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: June 22, 2020

How’s Your Green Thumb Feeling? Watering & Other Tips for a Great Summer Garden - June 2020

We are all craving some normalcy in our lives right now, with these uncertain and unprecedented times. So, in this month's column, let's go back to basics and get down to earth. The earth in your garden that is!

Since last month, most nur...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: April 28, 2020

The District Embraces Community Partnerships - #InThisTogether with Jeff Rosendale - May 2020

The Soquel Creek Water District is engaged in multiple approaches to combat over-drafting of the groundwater basin and seawater intrusion into our local water supply. It's important to remember that these severe water supply challenges affect everyone in ...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: April 2, 2020

The District Embraces Community Partnerships - #InThisTogether with Save Our Shores - April 2020

The Soquel Creek Water District is engaged in multiple approaches to combat over-drafting of the groundwater basin and seawater intrusion into our local water supply. It's important to remember that these severe water supply challenges affect everyone in ...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: March 2, 2020

The District Embraces Community Partnerships - #InThisTogether with Zun-Zun - March 2020

The Soquel Creek Water District is engaged in multiple approaches to combat over-drafting of the groundwater basin and seawater intrusion into our local water supply. It's important to remember that these severe water supply challenges affect everyone in ...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: January 23, 2020

For the Love of…Music & Water! - February 2020

The month of February brings thoughts of Valentine's Day, and love…and also of cold weather, rain, clouds, and the ideal day staying home where it's warm and dry and cozy. In honor of wet weather that we certainly love (and ne...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: January 9, 2020

Happy New Year! May 2020 Be as Successful & Rewarding as 2019! - January 2020

Well, all of our calendars are now out of "the teens" and into "the twenties." What a milestone!

Here at the Soquel Creek Water District we enter 2020 with a great sense of accomplishment and achievement - and a strong resolve to contin...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: November 1, 2019

Celebrating Ribbon Cutting of Water Purification Across Bay - Pure Water Monterey - November 2019

As our Pure Water Soquel project continues with design and towards construction, we are happy to congratulate our friends across the bay at Monterey One Water, upon their recent ribbon cutting of their Pure Water Monterey advanced water purification facil...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: September 5, 2019

Water Harvest Festival & Water Bills Pay for Groundwater Protection & Water System - September 2019

Planning is underway for the second annual Water Harvest Festival that will be held on October 20th from 11-3 pm at Anna Jean Cummings Park, also known as Blue Ball Park in Soquel. This will be a fun family oriented festival to celebrate our local water r...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: August 12, 2019

Save Water and Money by Maintaining Your Irrigation System - August 2019

Irrigation systems help us control the timing, volume, and duration of water applied to our landscapes. When these systems are designed and maintained properly, they save you, water, time, and money and help you keep a beautiful, efficiently, and easily w...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: June 3, 2019

Draft Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Sustainability Plan to Be Released in July - June 2019

California has over 500 groundwater basins and only 21 are classified as "high-priority basins in critical overdraft." The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Basin is one of these 21 basins.

What Does Critical Overdraft Mean

In the Santa Cruz Mid-C...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: April 3, 2019

State-Wide Legislative Actions with Local Water Impacts - April 2019

This month I want to share with you some interesting State legislative news related to water:

SB 332: Local Water Reliability Act (Introduced 2019)

Did you know that statewide, about 400 billion gallons of treated effluent water thrown away every year? That...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: March 1, 2019

#INTHISTOGETHER. Can You Remember These 10 Water Soundbites? - March 2019

With unlimited access to information and opinions in today's modern world, it's often hard to discern what is factual and what isn't. With my busy schedule as a working Mom, juggling family life, my son's sports schedul...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: February 5, 2019

For the Love of…Books on Water - February 2019

February… it's the month we celebrate love and it's still wintertime so you may be cuddled up with a book, perhaps under a blanket, and by the fire. In the spirit of this column being about WATER- I want to share a quick overv...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: February 5, 2019

Our New Year’s Resolution: Recharge & Replenishment - January 2019

The Soquel Creek Water District's New Year's resolution for 2019 - and beyond - is recharge and replenishment of our groundwater supply. How do we plan to keep this resolution? With several exciting projects and strategies that are part ...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: November 27, 2018

Water Success in 2018 - December 2018

By Dr. Bruce Daniels, 2018 President, Board of Directors

Soquel Creek Water District has made great progress in the last year in some major goals: To deliver safe, high-quality water to our customers 365 days a year, 24 hours a day in a fiscally responsibl...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: November 6, 2018

District Making Strides Toward Obtaining New Water Sources - November 2018

As many of you know, the groundwater basin in the Santa Cruz Mid-County area is plagued with seawater intrusion at the coastline and its threat of moving further inland toward our drinking water wells is scarier than all the Halloween horror movies out th...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: October 1, 2018

Soquel Creek Water District Receives 2018 Award of Excellence in Outreach & Education - October 2018

The Soquel Creek Water District has proudly received a significant honor from the National WateReuse Association: the 2018 Award of Excellence for Outreach and Education, in recognition of the District's Pure Water Soquel Mobile Educational Trail...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: September 5, 2018

Fall is Coming & It’s a Great Time to Plant! - September 2018

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 perfec...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: August 9, 2018

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...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: July 9, 2018

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 a...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: June 5, 2018

Community Water Plan Update: Water Solution Evaluations - June 2018

This is a historical time in our water district's Community Water Plan history. We are at the crossroads of several water supply and groundwater recharge projects that will help protect our critically over-drafted groundwater aquifers from seawat...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: April 25, 2018

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 validat...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: April 10, 2018

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.

As you probably already know,...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: February 22, 2018

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, ...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: January 23, 2018

District Receives $2 Million Dollar Planning Grant for Pure Water Soquel Project - February 2018

By: Melanie Mow Schumacher, P.E., Special Projects-Communications Manager

January brought the Soquel Creek Water District some very exciting news from the California State Water Resources Control Board! We've been awarded a grant under the state&a...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: December 4, 2017

A Productive Year, a Positive Future - December 2017/January 2018

By: Dr. Tom LaHue, Vice-President, Soquel Creek Water District Board of Directors

When I first began my service as a board member for Soquel Creek Water District, my primary goal was to do whatever I could to protect our water supply and to have it be sust...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: October 26, 2017

It’s AND not OR - November 2017

This month, I'd like to offer some clarifications regarding Soquel Creek Water District's approach to developing new water supplies and help reduce any misunderstandings that people may have.

To aid in replenishing the groundwater basin -...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: October 1, 2017

H20: Humans vs. Earth - October 2017

Last month my son, who is a freshman at Soquel High School, had to write a persuasive essay for his geography class on his opinion of what has a greater impact: humans on Earth or Earth on humans - with an added emphasis on specifics within Santa Cruz Cou...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: September 12, 2017

Imagine a Day Without Water is October 12 - September 2017

With all the division in our government, it is easy to forget there are some policy priorities that actually cut across party lines and geographical boundaries. Constituents may have different opinions on health care and tax reform, but they have a lot in...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: August 4, 2017

The Importance of Water Infrastructure - August 2017

Water is vital to America's economy and our quality of life. In fact, aging infrastructure and years of deferred maintenance is catching up, and the cost of inaction could be severe. A new economic analysis for the "Value of Water Campaign&q...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: July 7, 2017

Spend July with Soquel Creek Water District - July 2017

One of our primary organizational goals at Soquel Creek Water District is community engagement and outreach. This involves fostering relationships and open communication with our customers and the community-at-large through our website, on the phone, at c...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: June 13, 2017

The 2016 Consumer Confidence/Water Quality Report is Available Now - June 2017

The Soquel Creek Water District is pleased to announce we have completed our 2016 Consumer Confidence/Water Quality Report (PDF).

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) are tasked with esta...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: May 13, 2017

Stage 3 Water Shortage Still in Effect for Soquel Creek Water District Customers - May 2017

California was hit with storm after storm this winter, effectively ending the drought in much of the state. Areas that rely on surface water fared especially well. However, not everyone is out of the woods yet. Governor Brown's recent Executive Order B-40...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: March 26, 2017

The End of "Disposable" Water? - April 2017

The Santa Cruz County community is a leader in implementing "The Three Rs" - reduce, reuse, recycle. Not only a plastic bag ban, but as of 2017 no plastic straws or stir sticks, and only compostable cups, lids, containers, and cutlery for County...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: February 28, 2017

WaterFlix - Have You Seen These Water Films? - March 2017

This winter - with the relentless stormy days and flu/cold season in full swing - it may be an opportune time to stretch out on the couch, grab a blanket and some popcorn, and watch a movie. How about making your next movie binge all about water? Many peo...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: January 30, 2017

True or False? - February 2017

There's a lot of talk these days about "fake" news, "alternative facts", and general mistrust of the media. With multiple sources of news available, it's important to understand and separate the information from misin...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: January 2, 2017

Reflecting on 2016 & Leaping into 2017 - January 2017

Happy New Year! Soquel Creek Water District is proud to be an integral part of the Santa Cruz Mid-County community for over 55 years. To kick off 2017, we'd like to reflect back on a few of our key moments in 2016:

February 2016 - Ron Duncan was a...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: November 22, 2016

Pure Water Soquel: Evaluation of Groundwater Replenishment Seeks Public Input - December 2016

We are very excited to dedicate our entire column this month to Soquel Creek Water District's Groundwater Replenishment Project, recently named Pure Water Soquel. Evaluation of the project is currently underway. Please take a moment to learn abou...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: October 26, 2016

Winter Surface Water Pilot Project - A Careful Transition - November 2016

As we've mentioned in our previous columns, Soquel Creek Water District (District) has been working with the City of Santa Cruz Water Department (City) on a 5-year pilot project to purchase a small amount of treated surface water (also referred t...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: September 26, 2016

Mid-County Groundwater Management Efforts Evolving - October 2016

The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency (MGA) reached two important milestones this summer and continues to make progress in meeting the mandates of the state's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). In our April 2016 column, we high...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: September 8, 2016

Innovative Waste-Free Flushing Cleans Pipes & Saves Water - September 2016

Water main flushing is a necessary program for water agencies to ensure high-quality water. The traditional method of flushing involves opening up fire hydrants and letting the water flow out to scour and remove the buildup in pipes that may cause discolo...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: August 1, 2016

Partnering is the “New Norm” in our Local Water World - August 2016

The mission of providing reliable services in a cost-effective and environmentally sensitive manner is now prevalent amongst most public agencies and collaboration is a key ingredient. No longer are agencies bound by their jurisdictional boundaries, the &...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: June 30, 2016

Soquel Creek Water District Board Approves Priority Based Budget for FY 2016-2017 - July 2016

On June 7, 2016, the Soquel Creek Water District (District) Board of Directors approved its Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 to 2017 Budget (PDF). The year's budget took a new approach for its development, utilizing a priority-based budget process and integ...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: June 30, 2016

The 2015 Consumer Confidence/Water Quality Report is Available Now - June 2016

The Soquel Creek Water District is pleased to announce that we have completed our 2015 Consumer Confidence/Water Quality Report (PDF).

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) are tasked with...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: April 29, 2016

Water-Smart Gardening Website Highlights Native & Low Water Use Plants - May 2016

Helping our customers with water conservation is an essential part of what we do at the Soquel Creek Water District. A lot of water savings can be achieved through changes inside our homes, but a significant amount of residential water consumption is rela...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: April 1, 2016

Say Hello to the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency - April 2016

A new player just joined the local water scene, and it goes by a name you probably haven't heard much yet: the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency (MGA). While everyone in Santa Cruz County was swept up in the Water Supply Advisory Committee...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: March 3, 2016

Surface Water Purchase from the Santa Cruz Water Department - March 2016

On February 9, the Santa Cruz City Council agreed to sell the Soquel Creek Water District a limited amount of available winter surface water each year from the City's north coast sources for the next 5 years. The Cooperative Water Transfer and Pu...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: February 2, 2016

Soquel Creek Water District 2015 Year in Review - February 2016

When most people think of the Soquel Creek Water District, they probably think of pipes, people in hard hats, and water being pumped up out of the ground, treated, and delivered to their faucets, because that is the side of our organization they see out i...

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Water Wisdom
Posted on: January 6, 2016

Water-Wise Winter Storm Preparedness - January 2016

By Rachél Lather, President, Soquel Creek Water District Board of Directors

Many people are breathing a sigh of relief as the new year begins, looking forward to 2021 with hope and optimism while saying farewell to 2020. It was indeed an unprece...

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