Regional Cooperation is the Key to Solving the Water Shortages in North Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz City has abundant water, but lacks storage.
Soquel Creek has no source of water other than wells. However, Soquel Creek has billions of gallons of unused capacity for water storage in its aquifers.

Why are the two neighboring districts acting independently?

Santa Cruz has offered Soquel Creek 1.4 million gallons a day of treated water at a cost of $500,000/year. Any water supplied to Soquel Creek from Santa Cruz is water saved and banked in the aquifer.
Soquel Creek has a “preferred” solution: A recycled water plant. The plant will cost $70 million. When complete in 2022, the plant will produce 1.5 million gallons/day. Soquel Creek needs to accelerate the water plan to accept Santa Cruz water.

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