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Soquel Creek Water District aims to cut water use 35 percent
Plan to serve as backup for desalination plant goal

By Jessica A. York, Santa Cruz Sentinel, 4/1/14

The Soquel Creek Water District will continue its effort Tuesday to create a water use reduction plan. The step is seen as a necessary fail safe for the potential scuttling of years-long plans to build a desalination plant.

Two weeks ago, the district held a special meeting on the proposed water use plan, calling for an overall 35 percent water use reduction beginning this fall. The district board went line by line through a number of recommended measures, tweaking nearly all the provisions.

Tuesday's 7 p.m. meeting, has been moved from district offices to the Capitola City Council Chamber, 420 Capitola Ave., to increase public seating availability, officials said at the last meeting.

The district also is aiming to identify alternative water supplies that are not in danger of seawater intrusion, like the district's existing groundwater supply. However, such efforts will be investigated in conjunction with the upcoming water reduction plan, which features fees for monthly water use of more than the allotted household amounts.

The district will be ask to set several provisions Tuesday, including provisions such as:

  • Residential water budget limits and fees establishment.
  • Best management practices for businesses, institutions and vacation rentals and fees for noncompliance.
  • Stage 2 emergency water rate establishment.
  • Conservation rebate packages for indoor and outdoor water savings.
  • Comprehensive education and outreach program development.

If you go

What: Soquel Creek Water District meeting

When: 7 p.m., Tuesday

Where: Capitola Council Chamber, 420 Capitola Ave., Capitola

At issue: Plan for establishing a district-wide water-use reduction

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