Santa Cruz and Water Conservation
Understanding Per Capita Water Use
Learn about how much water we use in Santa Cruz, what we use it for, and how our water use compares to other areas.
Water Use Baseline Survey
How many of our customers use water efficient fixtures? How thirsty are our landscapes in Santa Cruz? The Water Use Baseline Study answered these questions and more.
Surf City Saves
Learn more about our water conservation logo.
Residential Water Rates
Learn about our tiered residential water rate system, which drives customer demand toward water conservation.
2010 Urban Water Management Plan
As a public water supplier, the City of Santa Cruz is required under state law to prepare and adopt an Urban Water Management Plan and to update it every five years. The 2010 plan was prepared by Water Department staff and adopted by City Council on December 13, 2011.
Water Conservation Master Plan
The Water Conservation Master Plan outlines a set of programs that will target water conservation needs specific to Santa Cruz. The City of Santa Cruz is developing a new water conservation master plan, which will guide our conservation programs out to the year 2030.
Water Shortage Contingency Plan
This report constitutes the first comprehensive review and update of the City’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan since the early 1990’s. The project was an outgrowth of the City’s 2005 Urban Water Management Plan, which recognized the many changes in regional conditions and local water supply planning that had taken place over the previous decade, and identified the need to better prepare for the possibility of future water shortages in advance of the next major drought.
California Urban Water Conservation Council Memorandum of Understanding
The City of Santa Cruz is a member of the California Urban Water Conservation Council and is a signatory to the Council's Memorandum of Understanding. The Coucil, created in 1991, seeks to increase efficient water use throughout the State of California and has nearly 400 member agencies. The Memorandum of Understanding contains a defined set of Best Management Practices that the signatories agree to follow to reduce water use in their jurisdictions. We incorporates these Best Management Practices into our conservation programs.