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2015 Urban Water Management Plan

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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 2015 plan was prepared by Water Department staff and is available for public review. A public hearing on the plan was held by the Santa Cruz City Council on August 9, 2016 and the final plan was adopted by City Council at its August 23, 2016 meeting.

The 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 2015 Urban Water Management Plan. See below for specific chapters.

Individual Chapters

Chapter 1 – Introduction and Overview: This section covers the background, purpose, and scope of an Urban Water Management Plan.

Chapter 2 – Plan Preparation: This section covers the process used to develop the 2015 plan, including efforts in coordination and outreach.

Chapter 3 – System Description: This section describes the City’s water service area including population, climate, and other factors affecting the City’s water management planning, including governance and the Water Department’s organizational structure.

Chapter 4 – System Water Use: This section covers the past, current, and projected water uses within the City’s water service area. It also provides information on distribution system water losses.

Chapter 5 – Baselines and Targets: This section provides information about the City’s baseline per capita water use and urban water use targets, describes the methods for calculating baseline and target consumption, and success in achieving its 2015 target. 

Chapter 6 – System Supplies:  This section describes and quantifies the current and projected sources of water available to the City, including surface water, groundwater, and potential new sources, transfers, or exchanges of water.

Chapter 7 – Water Supply Reliability: This section 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 strategy and work plan the City is pursuing to improve its water supply reliability.

Chapter 8 – Water Shortage Contingency Planning: This section summarizes the City’s 5-stage plan for addressing water shortages and describes actions that would be undertaken in response to a catastrophic interruption of water supplies, including a regional power outage, earthquake, or other emergency situation.

Chapter 9 – Demand Management Measures: This section describes the measures currently being implemented by the City to promote conservation and discusses the planning process underway to guide water conservation activities in future years.

Chapter 10 – Plan Adoption, Submittal, and Implementation: This section describes the steps taken to adopt and submit the Urban Water Management Plan update, and to make the plan available for public use and reference.

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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