Santa Cruz County has more than 7 agencies overseeing the water situation and disbursement. Below is a list of links to top questions about water in our county.
Information about water use can be presented many different ways. One basic but very useful indicator is per capita water use. Simply put, per capita water use is a metric representing an individual’s share of a community’s average daily water needs. Sometimes it’s referred to as GPCD, shorthand for Gallons Per Capita per Day.
2014 was one of the driest years in California, leaving 82% of California in extreme drought. This resulted in Santa Cruz entering stage 3 water shortage emergency, which meant that there were many restrictions on water usage such as no watering during the day with sprinklers between 10 am to 8 pm, no car/vehicle washing, and no water waste in general.
After a rainy 2016 El Nino season, things are starting to look up. As of April 2016, only 25% of the state is under severe drought, 28% under extreme drought, and 21% under exceptional drought, but the future of sustainable water supply is still uncertain.
USGS Stream Gauge in Santa Cruz
U.S Drought Monitor of California
Learn more tips and tricks to help conserve water in your home.