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Water Commission

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Established by Resolution No. NS-22 in 1948, and reestablished by Ordinance No. 87-10 in 1987, the Water Commission advises the Council in all matters pertaining to the Santa Cruz Water System and its maintenance and management. The Commission also makes studies of long range plans for securing sources of domestic water supply for the city and reports to the City Council its conclusions and recommendations for the improvement and extension of water systems, including sources, storage, transmission and distribution of water to consumers.

Under the applicable statues of the State of California and the City Charter of the City of Santa Cruz California the By-laws of the Water Commision set forth the rules and regulations governing the organization and procedures of the City Water Commission. The By-laws were last amended by the Water Commission in October 2014 and approved by City Council in October 2014.
By-laws of the Water Commission

The Water Commission meets in the Santa Cruz City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street, on the first Monday of each month, at 7:00 p.m.
Meeting Agendas and Minutes  (Click here for meetings prior to October 2017 -- See below for recent meetings)

To see the presentation from the April 1, 2019 joint meeting of the Water Commission and former Water Supply Advisory Committee members, use this link in your browser:

The Commission consists of seven members who are appointed by the City Council.
One member shall be a qualified elector of the county who resides outside the city but within the city water service area; the other six shall be qualified electors of the City as established by Ordinance 87-10.
Meeting Information

Staff Contact
Rosemary Menard, Water Director
Water Department
212 Locust Street, Suite A
Santa Cruz, CA. 95060

Signup to receive email notices for future Water Commission meetings; go to eNotifications page and check the Water Commission box.

Accessibility of all online advisory body agenda packets, minutes and audio files will be available from any advisory body webpage to enable easier public access to posted meeting information. 

Should you have questions please contact City Clerk Administrator Bonnie Bush at (831) 420-5035. 


Water Commission Meetings