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WSAC Recommendations and Next Steps -- October 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

WSAC Recommendations and Next Steps

Conservation-- In addition to the existing conservation programs such as home and business evaluations, water saving rebates, water budgetts for large landscapes and free water-saving devices, the WSAC recommends looking at new programs, such as increased rebates and better management of peak season demand. The goal of additional programs is to further reduce demand by 200...

WSAC Columns in the Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz Sentinel
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Santa Cruz Water Advisory Group Offers Effort Update

Santa Cruz Sentinel
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Extended Forecast

Santa Cruz Good Times
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

California Drought: Santa Cruz, Tri-Valley Show Deep Cuts in Water Use Possible

San Jose Mercury News
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Santa Cruz Committee Narrows Down Possible Water Supply Solutions

Santa Cruz Sentinel
Friday, March 20, 2015

Presentations from February 11 Water Policy Forum

David Mitchell, Economist; John Rosenblum, Energy Efficiency Consultant
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Santa Cruz Increases Water Supply Planning Deadline, Budget

Santa Cruz Sentinel
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Report on the First Phase of WSAC's work: the Recon Report

This report is included in the packet for the January 27 Santa Cruz City Council meeting
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Recon Report provides an in-depth account of the process the Water Supply Advisory Committee went through during their first phase of work, AKA "Recon." Recon prepared WSAC members for the second and most critical phase of their work, where they will analyze water supply alternatives in depth and make recommendations to the Santa Cruz City Council.

NEW: Water Reuse Library

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Water Supply Advisory Committee has created a new library to showcase the broad spectrum of information on water reuse. The library can be found by clicking here: The library will be added to, so please let us know if you have a suggestion for inclusion.

Review Water Supply Proposals Submitted

Review the proposals that were submitted for the Water Supply Convention
Friday, November 21, 2014

On October 16, the Water Supply Advisory Committee hosted "Our Water, Our Future: Santa Cruz Water Supply Convention" at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Over fifty proposals were submitted by local community members. To view the proposals that were submitted, visit the link below and select the "Water Supply Alternatives Descriptions from Convention" folder.

Water Reuse Foundation Reliability Report

Water Reuse Foundation
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Direct Potable Reuse -- A White Paper

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Deadline to Review and Evaluate Water Proposals Extended!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

You can still review and evaluate all the proposals that were submitted to the Water Supply Convention through the Civinomics online water supply workshop page. The deadline has been extended to November 11. Community feedback is important to this process! Please take some time to visit the Civinomics site at: .

Santa Cruzans drink up water source solutions

Santa Cruz Sentinel
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Even ideas are being conserved as Santa Cruz continues its hunt for alternative water supply solutions.

Dozens turned out to the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium Thursday to browse through more than 45 different public projects geared toward increasing the city's available water supply. Ideas, presented science-fair style with poster boards, charts and projection screens, ran the gamut from low-cost public composting toilets to reviving...

Santa Cruz water rationing, fees to continue into fall

Santa Cruz Sentinel
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Local residents have cut their water use beyond city expectation in the face of exceptional drought conditions statewide, officials say.

Even those water conservation efforts, however, have proved no match for the ongoing three-year drought and the third-driest year in Santa Cruz history, Water Department authorities said during Tuesday's Santa Cruz City Council meeting.

"The San Lorenzo River today and for the entire...

California drought: State residents cut water use 11.5 percent

San Jose Mercury News
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

After months of seeming indifference to the state's historic drought, Californians are finally getting the message and sharply cutting back on water use, according to new figures released Tuesday. The state's urban residents reduced water use 11.5 percent in August compared with the previous August. Although still short of the 20 percent savings that Gov. Jerry Brown requested in January, the number is up...

Santa Cruz water director calls for rationing to continue

Santa Cruz Sentinel
Thursday, October 2, 2014

With high unlikeliness that Santa Cruz will receive enough precipitation in the coming year to escape the persistent drought, Water Director Rosemary Menard recommends extending residential rationing on a month-to-month basis.

The record-keeping year that ended Sept. 30 was one of the driest on record, with the city receiving just 13 inches of rainfall compared to the average of 31 inches. The city would...

Santa Cruz council OKs water rate hike

Santa Cruz Sentinel
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday, the Santa Cruz City Council unanimously approved a five-year water rate increase and temporary drought-recovery fee designed to fund long-needed infrastructure improvements, grow reserves and replace revenue lost during mandated rationing.

Under Water Director Rosemary Menard's plan, the ready-to-serve charge and separate consumption charge paid will increase 10 percent in October and 10 percent each July for the next four years. Including the...

Few turnout for water rate forum in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Sentinel
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Flanked by 10 staff members Wednesday, Santa Cruz Water Director Rosemary Menard trumpeted the need for a proposed five-year rate increase and drought-recovery fee to a room packed largely with empty chairs.

Among the nine audience members, which included a City Council member and water director from a neighboring district, a few customers asked questions about the rate hike and the current status of...