As one of those responsible for ensuring a clean, reliable, and affordable supply of water to residents of the San Lorenzo Valley and parts of Scotts Valley, I cannot share the joy expressed by some over the latest burst of development in Scotts Valley.
As we anticipate a drought of record proportion, it is impossible not to feel concerned over new demands on our already stressed water supply.
Faced with similar shortages in the 1970s, following an unrestrained housing boom in the ‘60s, our district provided a measure of relief to existing consumers by imposing a moratorium on new hook-ups.
Perhaps it would be wise for the Scotts Valley Water District to consider enacting a similar measure.
The San Lorenzo Valley Water District is currently planning to construct a pipeline that will enable Scotts Valley to call on our sources of supply in emergencies.
We are also doing what we can to help see the residents of Lompico through a very real emergency.
Frankly, however, many of our residents fear that the city of Scotts Valley’s continued addiction to development will, sooner or later, lead to another crisis, which they will expect us to take care of.
Growth beyond the limits of the available water supply is not a blessing.
Randall Brown, Director, San Lorenzo Valley Water District