With Santa Cruz County receiving less than 40% of its average rainfall this past winter, the San Lorenzo Valley Water District’s Board of Directors reaffirmed the ‘Stage 2 Water Shortage Emergency (Ordinance 106) restrictions at the May 6th, 2021 Board of Directors meeting.
Under the Stage 2 Water Shortage:
• Customers must limit watering days to twice per week before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m., customers can select the two days per week (the District requests customers to avoid watering on Saturdays & Sundays).
• Hoses must be equipped with a shutoff nozzle.
• Potable water cannot be used to wash down hard or paved surfaces.
• Swimming pools cannot be initially filled or drained and refilled.
• Restaurants can only serve water to customers upon request.
• Hotels and motels must offer patrons the option to forgo daily laundering of linens.
Water usage typically increases significantly on holiday weekends, and on the warmest summer days. These peak water use times will strain the water system and the District requests customer to be especially conscious of water use during these periods.
The District is offering customers incentives to conserve, including free water saving devices, rebates for water saving appliances, and free water-wise water audits (including a ‘Do it yourself’ kit). A summary of these offerings are listed on the back of this letter.
“It is really important to conserve water this year, following the loss of the District’s surface water infrastructure sources to the 2020 CZU Lighting Complex fire. Maintaining full water storage is critical with impending fire danger, loss of surface water sources, and the looming drought. Operationally, the District is making sure it is maximizing water conservation through the pursuit of an aggressive Leak Detection and Water Loss program, tightening up old/aging infrastructure.” said Rick Rogers, District Manager.
You can find detailed information about how the Stage 2 Water Shortage Emergency affects residential, and commercial accounts on our website at: https://www.slvwd.com/conservation/pages/drought-information.
About the SLVWD
The San Lorenzo Valley Water District was established in 1941 as an independent special district. The District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors, elected at-large from within the District’s service area.
A special district is a local government agency formed by voters to perform a needed service, such as water or sewer. The District’s boundaries comprise approximately 60 square miles and 190 miles of pipeline.
The District currently provides service to approximately 7,900 residential, commercial, and institutional connections. The District relies on both surface water and groundwater resources, including nine currently active stream diversions, one groundwater spring, and eight active groundwater wells. The District owns, operates, and maintains two water systems from separate water sources. These sources are derived solely from rainfall within the San Lorenzo River watershed.
The District owns, operates, and maintains a wastewater system in Boulder Creek’s Bear Creek Estates, which serves approximately 56 homes.
Phone: (831) 338-2153
Fax: (831) 338-7986
After-hour emergencies: (831) 338-2153
San Lorenzo Valley Water District
13060 Hwy 9
Boulder Creek, CA 95006
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