SV City Council approves sales of recycled water outside city lines
by Patricia Sousa
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At its Wednesday, Aug. 6 meeting, the Scotts Valley City Council approved the sale of recycled water outside the city limits by a 3-0 vote, with councilmembers Randy Johnson and Stephany Aguilar absent.

The city and Scotts Valley Water District entered into a recycled water agreement last September, said Scotts Valley City Manager Steve Ando. That agreement, however, only involved the sale of water within city limits.

“The district has received requests from contractors recently to purchase recycled water per use in dust control and such at construction sites,” said Ando. “However, these sites are located outside the city limits.”

The next step involves the Scotts Valley Water District accepting the agreement in order for the project to move forward, said Piret Harmon, the district's general manager. This will be determined at the next water district meeting that will be held on Thursday, Aug. 14 (Editor's note: The Press-Banner's deadline is Wednesday).

If approved, there will be two water stations installed for construction and irrigation purposes, said Harmon. These will be strategically located at Santas Village Road and Scotts Valley Drive to avoid traffic issues, she said.

“We feel that those stations are both easy access to and from the highway,” said Harmon.

Any sale of the recycled water will go into the city’s general fund, said Ando. The city would like to establish a fee to offset strain on the city's roads caused by the use of heavy trucks needed to carry the water, he said.

“Monthly recycled water rates are set at 80 percent of the potable water rate,” said Ando. “The water subcommittee is recommending that the district charge an additional 20 percent to the customer that would be paid to the city for those impacts.”

Recycled water is a good alternative to potable water for primitive uses such as landscape irrigation and construction, said Harmon.

“I want to ensure people that there will not be a line to those stations,” said Harmon. “It's just another option for people to use instead of potable.”

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