Both have implemented numerous
stringent conservation and curtailment requirements to maximize
efficient water use. The region is still challenged with
water shortages and needs a reliable supplemental
water source that will (1) provide needed supply during droughts,
(2) allow for more water to be left in local streams and rivers
to protect threatened and endangered species, and (3) restore protective
groundwater levels to help prevent contamination of our groundwater
supply by seawater intrusion.
Desalination was identified as the potential supplemental supply
to further evaluate. In 2007, the City and District joined together
to address their different needs and share the costs associated
with evaluating the proposed project.
This program is currently in an environmental review
process evaluating the potential for a 2.5 million gallon per day
desalination facility in Santa Cruz.
Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) was released
on May 13, 2013 and included an extended 90-day comment period
that closed on August 12, 2013. To access the
on-line library of environmental review reports, including the
Draft EIR and appendices, click
No decision has yet
been made on the actual construction of the proposed project.
Next steps in the environmental review include:
scwd2 Draft EIR Public
Review Summary Report (including oral and written
comments received during public comment period, expected
completion in mid-October)
Review of comments, conduct any additional
studies (as needed), prepare responses. Responses will be
used to inform the City and District's independent
education/outreach plans related to water supply as well as
preparation of the Final EIR.
Why is a supplemental supply needed for the City
of Santa Cruz?
Supply is at-risk for contamination by seawater intrusion
Preliminary architectural rendering shows how the proposed
project could be designed to blend in with existing surroundings.