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As You See It: Updated Water Plan Will Clarify Need for Desal

Santa Cruz Sentinel, 02/04/2011

The discussion about the need for a regional desalination plant includes questions about water demands, existing and potential supplies and water conservation measures for the city of Santa Cruz and the Soquel Creek Water District. The city and district are both preparing updates to their Urban Water Management Plans. UWMPs are required to be updated by most California urban water suppliers every five years and are used for long-term resource planning and to ensure adequate water supplies are available to meet existing and future water demands. As a part of these plans, each agency will be updating information on water demands, supply reliability, water conservation measures and water-shortage contingency planning. This updated information will be incorporated and evaluated in the draft Environmental Impact Report that is being developed for the proposed scwd2 Regional Seawater Desalination Project.

Bill Kocher, director, Santa Cruz Water Department

Laura Brown, general manager, Soquel Creek Water District

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