The Santa Cruz Sentinel is reporting that the Soquel Creek Water District board of directors “came to a consensus” as to how much rationing customers will be faced with this summer. According to the article, single-family homes will be limited to 70-80 gallons per day; multi-family homes (which presumably includes condominiums) will see a lower limit.
A lower daily limit of 65 gallons per day was debated, but this would have resulted in an average of a $320 bill increase for “the summer” but it is not clear how much bills will increase with a 70-80 gallon/day limit, or when exactly these extraordinary “summer” rates will sunset – if they ever will.
The increase in water bills will be used to four full-and-part time employees and staff to, in part, monitor “wasted water.”
None of this is yet set in stone, and there is still time for public comments. The district will vote on the new “conversation” plan at its 7 PM meeting April 1st. The meeting will be held at the Capitola City Council Chamber. Concerned customers – which, given the stakes, that should be everyone – should plan on attending the meeting to make their voices heard.