Scotts Valley Water District’s 1,500-foot-deep Sucinto Well. (Contributed)

Construction of Scotts Valley Water District’s 1,500-foot-deep Sucinto Well is underway.

The new well, located on Sucinto Drive, replaces 30-year-old Well 3B, which has been in decline for several years and is located on the same site. The new well has a design capacity of 400-plus gallons per minute and will enhance operational efficiencies for the District, which relies solely on local groundwater supplies.

Water produced from this well site will be conveyed to the Orchard Run Water Treatment Plant for filtration and disinfection before it is pumped into the distribution system.

Construction on the well began in May 2023 but was halted in fall 2023 after the driller’s work was unsuccessful. The District’s Board of Directors selected a new driller through a public process, with construction restarting in March 2024.

The driller’s work has included destroying the old Well 3B before beginning drilling of the new Sucinto Well. Active, around-the-clock drilling of the new well started on April 17 and is expected to take four to six weeks, followed by development and testing.

A temporary sound wall has been constructed to reduce noise to the surrounding neighborhood. Work at the project site should be concluded in the summer.

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