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The Water Department is partnering with Maddaus Water Management Inc. to develop a new Water Conservation Master Plan with a planning horizon to 2030. The project gives us an opportunity to check our progress, consider new technologies and look to the next generation of water conservation programs. The Water Conservation Master Plan will create a roadmap to help our community achieve maximum, practical water use efficiency.

How to Participate

1. Attend the March 3rd, 2014 public meeting

2. Email or call us (831-420-5230) with suggestions or comments

3. Sign up for email notifications of calendar events  


Project Timeline
March 2013 – May 2013:
table tent• Analyze current conservation programs and water saving achievements
• Generate large list of potential future water conservation measures including suggestions from the community (deadline for submittal is April 15, 2013)
Screen potential conservation measures for customer acceptance and equity, appropriateness to the region, and water savings potential 
• Generate list of 20-25 conservation measures to be analyzed for cost effectiveness and program implementation options

August 2013 – May 2014:
• Evaluate the water conservation measures, and
• Decide on which set of conservation measures is to be included in the recommended conservation program

Summer 2014:
• Outline recommended conservation measures in the Water Conservation Master Plan and present to City Council for adoption

Public Meetings
Public meetings for this project are part of the Water Commission meetings, and are located at the Santa Cruz City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street, Santa Cruz

Next Meeting: Water Commission - Monday March 3, 2014 at 7:00pm
Overview of the Shared Visioning Process to compile input and complete a draft of the Master Plan

Water Commission - Monday March 4, 2013 at 7:00pm river
Kickoff Meeting - project overview and gather suggestions for future conservation programs

Water Commission - Monday April 1, 2013 at 7:00pm
Gather community input and discuss long list of potential water conservation measures. Review the screening criteria which will be used to pare down the list of potential conservation measures

Water Commission - Monday May 6th, 2013 at 7:00pm
Review results of screening process and select water conservation measures recommended for the cost-benefit analysis

Water Commission - Monday October 7th, 2013 at 7:00pm
Review water conservation measures and future water savings from code changes that provide more efficient fixtures to consumers

Water Commission - Monday February 3rd, 2014 at 7:00pm
Presentation on the water savings and costs associated with each of the water conservation measures
Presentation - Measure and Program Results
Staff Report for the 2-3-14 Water Commission Meeting

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Water Conservation Measures and Programs - Costs and Savings
Kickoff Meeting Presentation, March 4,2013 (project goals and process)
Potential conservation measures and programs to be considered
Community ideas
Screening criteria to pare down long list of potential measures
The current Water Conservation Master Plan 2000-2010
Water Use Baseline Survey
California Urban Water Conservation Council 


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Last updated: 2/25/2014 4:37:34 PM