The Scotts Valley Water District (SVWD) announced construction of its 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+ 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’s 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.

Construction restarted 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.

Funding for the project comes from the District’s Capital Improvement Program. Project updates will be shared on the District website, as well as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Nextdoor. Sign up for weekly email updates here.

Scotts Valley Water District is a public agency providing water service over six square miles including most of the City of Scotts Valley and a portion of the unincorporated areas north of the city limits. The community of Scotts Valley places a high value on livability, innovation and planning for the future. Scotts Valley Water District is proud to play a vital role in supporting those efforts by providing a reliable, sustainable, high-quality water supply. Through partnership with our community, strategic investment in resources and pursuit of new ideas, Scotts Valley Water District is redefining its historic role in order to meet future challenges and turn them into opportunities. Learn more at, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.