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Santa Cruz Sentinel, 2/3/14


Water board to discuss recycled water on Tuesday

The Soquel Creek Water District board will discuss recycled water as a future supply option during a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Capitola Council Chamber, 420 Capitola Ave.

The board is exploring alternatives to a joint seawater desalination plant with the city of Santa Cruz, a project that has been suspended while the city task force reviews other options.

Tuesday, the water board will hear from Dave Smith, managing director of WateReuse Association; Mark Dettle, public works director for Santa Cruz; Todd Reynolds, a technical advisor for the Kennedy/Jenks consulting firm; and Bill Smallman, who has served on the Lompico Water District board.

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City launches drought website

The city of Santa Cruz, which is 100 percent dependent on local rainfall for its water supply, has created a drought-specific website to help city residents and businesses reuse water consumption during the ongoing drought.

The site,, includes information about current water conditions, water restrictions and tips to conserve water. The site also features a water-use calculator, a map monitoring drought conditions statewide and information about rebates available for toilet and washing machine

The drought website is one part of the city's effort to promote and support water conservation.

Last week, the council approved a resolution declaring a state of drought in the city. The resolution also calls on all residential, commercial and irrigation users to support Gov. Jerry Brown's call to immediately and voluntarily take necessary steps to reduce water use 20 percent, until such a time that the city's water director determines either a drought no longer exists or additional savings are needed.

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