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CA Water Boards Meeting: Status of Big Basin Water Company

The California State Water Resources Control Board is hosting a public meeting on the status of Big Basin Water Company (BBW) Thursday, July 13 at 6 pm. The meeting will be held in person at Highlands Park Senior and Community Center and online via Zoom.

BBW had been facing ongoing challenges that were significantly exacerbated by the 2020 CZU fires. Now, due to longstanding unresolved noncompliance with drinking water rules, the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water is initiating active enforcement, including seeking the appointment of a receiver for the BBW system. The focus of Thursday’s meeting is to discuss BBW’s status with the state and to provide an update on the Fallen Leaf area wastewater system.

Participate in person:Participate virtually:
Thursday, July 13, 6 pm – 7:30 pmZoom:
Highlands Park Senior and Community Center
8500 Hwy 9 Ben Lomond
Phone: +1-669-900-9128, Meeting ID: 969 6712 3275.
No passcode needed.


After the state’s presentation, the community will have an opportunity to ask questions that will be addressed by agency staff. Following the Q&A, the public is welcome to peruse additional resources and to engage directly with representatives and subject matter experts from California Water Boards, California Public Utilities Commission, and the County of Santa Cruz.

1. Grounding, roles & responsibilities4. Wastewater update for Fallen Leaf area
2. Current status of receivership5. Question and comment period with Water Boards staff
3. Milestones, timeline, and next steps6. Open house with all State and local agencies

San Lorenzo Valley Water District boundaries encircle Big Basin Water Company in an area around Highway 236.

Additional information:

State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, Monterey District office: (831) 655-6939 or

Read Mark Dolson’s April column on the challenges facing BBW customers.

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