Santa Cruz City Mayor Hilary Bryant and Soquel Creek Water District Board President Tom LaHue discuss the water supply challenges facing both agencies:
* Not enough water to meet customer needs during a drought
* More water needs to be left in local streams and rivers to protect threatened and endangered species
* The groundwater basin is in a serious state of overdraft and seawater intrusion could contaminate the aquifers.
The City of Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District are currently evaluating a proposed regional seawater desalination project that could provide 2.5 million gallons per day of supplemental water that could be shared by the two agencies.
A draft environmental impact report will be released on May 13, 2013 for a 60 day comment period. For more information about the project and how the public can participate, visit www:scwd2desal.org