SCV Water has prepared a draft sustainability plan that focuses on cost-effective and efficient resource management to support the agency’s sustainable operations, and is inviting the public to provide input on the plan before it is finalized.
The final sustainability plan will serve as a guide in planning capital investments, water resources and conservation. It will also help SCV Water align with state initiatives and position itself for funding that supports operational sustainability.
The sustainability framework outlined in the draft plan addresses four core operational pillars, which were distilled from SCV Water’s six strategic goals:
- Reliable and resilient operations.
- High-quality water and resource sustainability.
- Cost-effective and efficient.
- Transparency and accountability.
The draft plan is the culmination of work that builds upon SCV Water’s Green Team’s efforts to coordinate sustainability activities across the agency. It leverages the state of California’s sustainability initiatives with SCV Water’s long-term planning objectives. Plan preparation began in 2021 and a public workshop was held on July 25, 2022, to solicit input on priorities for the draft plan. Once approved, implementation of SCV Water’s Sustainability Plan will start this year and go through 2045.
“This sustainability plan will help make SCV Water’s overall operations more efficient at every level,” SCV Water’s Sustainability Manager Matt Dickens said in a prepared statement. “By reducing our consumption, we can ensure that our agency has the long-term resources to deliver and protect water quality and affordability for our customers across the region. It supports our long-range strategic plans and conforms with state objectives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
The draft plan is available for review at www.yourscvwater.com/sustainability-plan and the public comment period is open through Sunday, May 14. Public comments may be made directly on the website, or via phone by calling 661-705-7913.
The public can also submit comments by email at [email protected], or via U.S. mail to: SCV Water, Attention: Sustainability Plan, 26501 Summit Circle, Santa Clarita, CA 91350. All comments should include “Sustainability Plan Comment” in the subject line of the email or letter. All comments must be emailed or postmarked by May 14.
The Water Resources and Watershed Committee will review the draft plan and provide additional input at its regular meeting on Wednesday, June 14. The final sustainability plan is expected to go to the SCV Water board of directors for consideration for adoption at its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 18. The public is invited to attend both meetings.