Our Water Supply Challenges – City of Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District

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

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