Water Infrastructure Local News Water 

Big Basin Water Crisis | Receivership Hearing Scheduled 

By Christopher Bradford The ongoing issues with Big Basin Water have reached a tipping point for Boulder Creek residents, and we’re now in an emergency situation. Recently many residents went without water for weeks, and some have lost water again. The most recent outage, one of many which are increasing in frequency, was caused by a large main line leak. This… Read More
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SLV Water District Manager Rick Rogers to Retire

Search Begins for Successor The San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) has announced that District Manager Rick Rogers will retire in November. Rogers began his career with SLVWD nearly five decades ago, securing a position right after high school in 1975 to install fences. This temporary role evolved into a full-time position within the water treatment division. Throughout his career,… Read More
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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.… Read More
Columns Real Estate Water 

New Septic Regulations Taking Effect July 2023

By M.C. Dwyer The Santa Cruz Association of REALTORS recently held an educational event about point-of-sale septic regulations taking effect in Santa Cruz County in July 2023. Mark Kinder of Affordable Septic, who’s installed thousands of systems, explained everything we need to know about septic system repair and the new regulations.     The State Water Resources Control Board oversees all California… Read More
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New Developments for Big Basin Water Company Customers

By Mark Dolson Big Basin Water Company (BBWC) customers have been rocked in recent weeks by two dramatic developments in their years-long quest for a more reliable supply of water: (1) consolidation discussions between BBWC and the San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) have been halted, and (2) the State of California is moving to place BBWC’s water system into… Read More
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Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency and Upcoming Water District Plans

By Bob Fultz It’s important that we all stay current with the activities of the Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency (SMGA), since their actions could have a significant impact on local control and cost of water in San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD).   A bit of background. The Santa Margarita Aquifer has been designated by the State of California as being… Read More
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Understanding Regional Water Resource Management Challenges

By Mark Dolson In my September column, “A Perspective on the SLV Water District and the SLV,” I wrote about three distinct arenas in which we need the San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) to function effectively: (1) routine business operations, (2) regional water resource management, and (3) community engagement and support. This month I want to dive deeper into… Read More