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As a public water supplier, the City of Santa Cruz is required under state law to prepare and adopt an Urban Water Management Plan and to update it every five years. The 2010 plan was prepared by Water Department staff and adopted by City Council on December 13, 2011.

2010 Urban Water Management PlanThe Plan covers:

  • A description of the City's water service area, including current and projected population through the year 2035 and other factors affecting water management planning, 
  • Existing and planned sources of water supply,
  • Past, current, and projected water use,
  • An assessment of forecasted water supplies and demands during normal, dry, and multiple dry water years to ensure water supply reliability,
  • A description of measures to promote water conservation and efficient water use,
  • A summary of the City's water shortage contingency plan
  • Read the entire 2010 Urban Water Management Plan, or see below for specific chapters.

Individual Chapters

Chapter 1 - Introduction:
Provides an overview of California Urban Water Management Planning Act and recent legislative changes to the Act, and a description of the development process for the 2010 plan.

Chapter 2 - Profile of Service Area and Water Department:
Describes the City’s water service area including population, climate, and other demographic factors affecting the City’s water management planning.

Chapter 3 – Water Supply System:
Describes the City’s water supply system, explains how the system is operated, and presents information on water production levels. It also presents information about the groundwater basin that the City relies on for part of its supply, and the current conditions, trends, and concerns related to ongoing water production in the basin.

Chapter 4 – Past, Current and Projected Water Use:
Explains the City’s customer classification system, discusses the water use characteristics of the different customer groups, and discusses past, current, and projected water use by category of use. It also provides information about the City's baseline per capita water use and urban water use targets in accordance with Water Code section 10608.

Chapter 5 – Water Supply Reliability:
Characterizes the reliability of the City water supply system, provides an updated assessment of the system reliability under differing hydrologic conditions, and describes the overall approach and the status of programs and projects the City is pursuing to improve its water supply reliability.

Chapter 6 – Water Demand Management Program:
Describes the water demand management measures currently being implemented by the City and discussed the planning process underway to guide water conservation activities in future years.

Chapter 7 – Water Recycling:
Describes the City’s wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal system, and provides information on recycled water and its potential for use as a supplemental source of water supply in the service area.

Chapter 8 – Water Shortage Contingency Plan:
Summarizes the city's recently updated Water Shortage Contingency Plan and presents information about how the City manages the water system in a declared water shortage. It also describes actions that would be taken in response to a catastrophic interruption of water supplies, including a regional power outage, earthquake, or other emergency situation.

Chapter 9 - Planning for Climate Change:
Presents information about potential water supply and demand effects related to climate change, the risks they impose, and planning efforts underway to reduce these risks and exposure to these hazards in the future.

Chapter 10 - Goals and Policies for Managing the Santa Cruz Water System:
Presents long-term goals, policies and actions to guide management of the water system through the year 2030 and ensure that the water supply continues to meet the needs of the community well into the future.    

Urban Water Management Planning Act

Senate Bill No. 7

For more information, please call Toby Goddard, Water Conservation Manager, at (831) 420-5232, or contact via email:  email.

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Last updated: 1/17/2012 11:27:39 AM