Water Conservation Master Plan Public Meeting
The City of Santa Cruz invites public input for the development of a new long-term Water Conservation Master Plan. The Water Department aims to create a road map to achieve maximum practical water use efficiency in the City’s water service area in the coming years with a time horizon out to 2030. The planning process will kick off with a public meeting at the Santa Cruz City Water Commission, Monday, March 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers, Santa Cruz City Hall, 809 Center Street, Santa Cruz. The meeting will include a presentation on the process for creating the new Master Plan and an opportunity for input on ideas for water conservation priorities from both the Water Commission and the community.
“Water conservation has been a cornerstone in ensuring a stable and sustainable water supply for our community over the years. The new Water Conservation Master Plan will play an essential part in helping us solve our water supply puzzle over the next few decades” said Bill Kocher, Director of the City’s Water Department.
The Water Conservation office is also completing a separate study to determine how much water conservation the community has achieved to date. The results of this study, which will be completed in April, will help determine which programs are likely to achieve the greatest water savings for the Water Conservation Master Plan.
The City has contracted with Maddaus Water Management, Inc. of Danville, California to develop the new Master Plan. Maddaus Water Management has provided leading expertise in the water conservation sector for 18 years, performing water demand and conservation analyses and developing water conservation plans for over 200 clients. The firm has focused much of its work on water agencies within California. Maddaus Water Management has also written several manuals that set national industry standards for water conservation planning.