Why do we need a supplemental supply source?
Both the City of Santa Cruz and SqCWD evaluated their water needs and available sources and determined that a new water source is a necessary component of an overall water plan to meet the demand for water in the community.
Numerous studies have consistently confirmed that we must also diversity our water portfolios by developing a new source of supply. A thorough examination of all factors has led our two agencies to evaluate desalination as the most feasible option to provide water during drought conditions, to limit groundwater pumping and to prevent seawater intrusion. In conjunction with conservation and curtailment, desalination would help supplement existing water supplies.
Proposed Water Portfolio for the City of Santa Cruz (Normal/Non-Drought and Drought Conditions)
Proposed Water Portfolio for the Soquel Creek
(Normal/Non-Drought and Drought Conditions)
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