Project Phases: Public Meeting

Community Informational Meeting on May 27, 2010 from 6:30- 8:30 PM
Simpkins Swim Center, Santa Cruz

Our first in a series of community informational meetings was held on May 27, 2010 and focused on water conservation.

Water conservation is crucial in Santa Cruz County.  The community was invited to learn more about local water shortages for the City of Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District and the role of conservation in building sustainable water supply portfolios. 

This meeting provided an opportunity to:

  • Learn how conservation is factored into water supply planning
  • Learn about existing and new conservation programs
  • Learn about the opportunities and limitations on what more can be done
  • Ask questions during the Q/A Session

Presenters included: 

Toby Goddard, City of Santa Cruz Water Department Conservation Manager

Ron Duncan, Soquel Creek Water District Conservation/Customer Service Field Manager

Panelists for Q/A Session included representatives from the City of Santa Cruz, Soquel Creek Water District, and John Ricker, Water Resources Division Director,  County of Santa Cruz.

Moderator for the evening was be Laura Brown, General Manager, Soquel Creek Water District

Presentations and Question & Answers from the meeting:

Future Community Informational Meetings to be held in 2010:

  • History  of water planning- How and why desalination was identified as the preferred alternative for a supplemental water supply to address drought and groundwater overdraft?
  • Recycled water- what are the opportunities and limitations for our community to incorporate recycled water in our water supply portfolio?
  • Marine Issues with desalination –what design considerations for the intake and discharge will be incorporated to minimize or prevent marine impacts associated with the project?
  • Energy and Cost- how much energy will the proposed desalination project require and how much will it cost?

If you'd like to learn more, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) of this website.

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