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Water And Wastewater In Santa Cruz

Land Use Report, Gary Patton, KUSP
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Water and wastewater are related subjects. In fact, as California faces drought conditions everywhere, I think it’s likely that the recapture and reuse of wastewater may become an important topic of discussion for both local and state government. I bet that the Water Supply Advisory Committee that the City of Santa Cruz is in the process of appointing will want to look at local options for this kind of recapture and reuse of waters that are now not only wasted, as far as municipal, and agricultural, and industrial use is concerned, but that actually act as contaminants in our marine environment.

Today, I thought I would alert you to some upcoming meetings and events, relating to water and wastewater issues, that you might want to put on your calendar. This is definitely an advance notice so you can plan ahead. I often don’t find out about interesting meetings until just before they are going to take place, so KUSP listeners usually can’t plan ahead, based on what they hear on the Land Use Report. This time, I am giving you more notice!

The City of Santa Cruz is providing tours of its Graham Hill Water Treatment Plant. The next tours will be on February 20th and March 20th. They are free, but reservations are required.

On March 11th, the City Council is going to hold a public hearing on proposed wastewater rate increases. That will be at 7:00 p.m. at the Santa Cruz City Hall. There is more information at

More Information:

Land Use Links

Gary Patton’s Two Worlds Blog

Information on proposed wastewater rate increase

Submit comments on wastewater rate increase by March 10th to

To make a reservation for a tour of the Graham Hill Water Treatment Plan, you should contact Eileen Cross at or call 831-676-7090.

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