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County Report on Water Transfers Offers Less Costly Solution than Proposed Desal Plant
Santa Cruz Progressive Newswire
Rick Longinotti of Desal Alternatives issued a statement today praising a report submitted by John Ricker, County of Santa Cruz Water Resources Director, to Soquel Creek Water District. Ricker stated that water transfers between Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, San Lorenzo Valley, and the Soquel Creek District could get Soquel Creek Water District on the way to their goal of reducing groundwater pumping, and Santa Cruz could get water from neighboring districts during times of drought. The cost in pipelines would be significantly less of an investment and would require less in maintenance than a desalination plant. Desal Alternatives is recommending the City of Santa Cruz take action and immediately enter into negotiations with Soquel Creek Water District, Scotts Valley Water District, and San Lorenzo Valley Water District to contract for reciprocal water exchanges.

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