Trout Gulch Mutual Water (TGW) is a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation and is member owned and managed since 2008.
TGW is dedicated to managing water, a precious resource, through production, storage, and distribution in the safest and most cost effective manner possible. Our Board of Directors shall assure good stewardship of company operations entrusted to them by its members and remain transparent with each and every action and activity undertaken. Decisions shall reflect integrity and fairness to all members served.
Brief History of TGW
The original water company was started sometime in the mid 1920's. The Forrest Glen subdivision was formed in the 1920's. The homes were located among the redwoods between Trout Gulch Creek and Valencia Road. The Mar Vista Water Company was created to supply water to the homes in this subdivision. The company was formed and owned by Jimmy Smith Sr, the father of Jimmy Smith Jr and Herb Smith. Jimmy Smith's (senior) primary occupation was the owner of Jimmy Smith Plumbing which has been active in Santa Cruz County for decades. He installed the water system for most of the Seascape residential area.
A well (well #1) was drilled to provide water to the Forrest Glen homes in 1932. Over time, the watersystem expanded to include homes in the surrounding area along Trout Gulch Road, up Skyward Drive, and Old Farm Lane.
In 1980 most of the system's mains were upgraded per the design of the local engineering firm of Washington-Jensen. In 1986, the Meadow Ranch Estates subdivision was created. A partnership was formed between the Meadow Ranch Estates developer and Jimmy Smith for Jimmy Smith to provide water to the new homes in this subdivision. At this time a second well was activated and a second storage tank was installed above Meadow Ranch Estates.
Some time in the late 1980's or early 1990"s, ownership and operation of the water system was passed on from Jimmy Smith Sr. to his son Jimmy Smith Jr. and ownership of Jimmy Smith Plumbing was passed on to another son, Herb Smith.
Expansion of the system since the Meadow Ranch development has been slow. Aptos Heights, a mini subdivision was created about 2004 of the five residential parcels. Jimmy Smith Jr., the owner of Mar Vista Water Company, also ran a tractor service, and decided to put his company up for sale in 2007.
Acquisition of Mar Vista Water Company
In late 2006 one of Mar Vista Water company customers accidentally learned that Mar Vista was for sale and that California American Water Co (Cal Am was interested in purchasing the company. In January 2008, Jim Brownson contacted Ellen Pirie for assistance and organized a meeting for all Mar Visa Water customers. Felton FLOW discussed the issues that Felton FLOW had with Cal Am. Other options were presented and discussed one being the recommendation that the customers put together an interim board of directors that night and purchase Mar Vista Water. Aptos Flow was then born. The Board of Directors worked diligently on the purchase of Mar Vista, which was completed by July 1, 2008.
TGW INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS
Trout Gulch Mutual Water Company was founded on July 1, 2008
Transfer of knowledge and assets
Freitas Engineering Report
Soquel Creek Intertie for emergency water. 700 feet of 6 inch main from Soquel Creek intertie to 275 Valencia. 110 feet of 6 inch main bridge across the creek to Trout Gulch Rd with 2 new Fire Hydrants.
New Meadow Ranch Well #3 installed
4 new meters installed
New Storage Facility Building at Meadow Ranch Well Site and Security fence
Emergency member contact system
2 new meters installed
Rate Study conducted
1 new membership
Norman Tank: Clean, recoated inside of Tank and painted exterior. Security fence and gate added.
Meadow Ranch Tank: Cleaned
Installed Electronic tank monitoring system (SCADA) for both tanks with phone alert.
Electrical Box upgrade for Meadow Ranch Well and pumps
Installed 27 New Radio Read Meters as of July 1st.
Installed 29 New Radio Read Meters (95% complete)
Lower Valencia extension main. upgraded to 4 inch with wharf head
Emergency Training implemented and Operating Procedures updated and posted at Wells
17 TGW Emergency Responder volunteers in place & briefed. 94% TGW district covered
Utility Building and pipes painted. Additional storage space added.
New Website layout! www.troutgulchwater.org
New 3 Water Volume Teir Structure rates
Meadow Ranch Tank: Cleaned, Recoated & Exterior Painted
2013 TGW members voted by the rules outlined in Title 22 of the California Health and Safety Code, to not treat and filter our water to further reduce Mn levels. TGW has a treatment waiver, issued by Santa Cruz County EHS, to distribute water with Mn up to 150 ppb (greater than the 50 ppb MCL set by the State).
Norman Tank ceiling Repaired and Recoated
New Emergency Generator for power outages
Well #2: New Motor & Pump
New SCADA with Shut Off and On features enabling TGW to keep up with demand during tank reconditioning.
TGW Emergency Drill Held.
New Bypass Valve
New Fence & Retaining Wall at the Lower Creek Crossing
New 6 inch Water Main from Valencia Rd. Intertie to Lower Trout Gulch with Fire Hydrant
New 6 inch Water Main on Mid Trout Gulch Rd. with Fire Hydrant
New 6 inch Water Main on Cherokee Lane with Fire Hydrant
99% Meters installed
Water conservation 26%
Valencia & Trout Gulch Roads slurried and stripped
2 connections moved to Lower Trout Gulch
USDA Phase 2 Project: Engineering Plan and Specification completed
Chlorination system installed
Norman and Meadow Ranch Tanks cleaned
Meadow Ranch Security fence installed
Water conservation 21%
Obtained 4 easements for the Skyward Tank, Skyward pump station & new water mains
Valencia Rd. Emergency Work: 2 inch by water line, cut and cap Valencia main
Connected Trout Gulch Rd. main to Old Farm Lane
Met USDA letter of conditions
Storage building remodeled into Office
9 Meadow Ranch & Trout Gulch meters replaced
Breakaway valve on Trout Gulch Hydrant
Indian Hollow Leak Repair
GIS mapping of system
Closed USDA loan for $2.9M. Paid off all other bank loans and Construction begins!
Installed Skyward Tank
Installed Well #4
Installed New 6 inch Water Mains & Hydrants on Hayward & Robideaux Rd.
Installed New 6 inch Water Mains on Norman-Valencia Backyards
Installed New 6 inch Water Mains & Hydrant on 700 Valencia Block
Extended & enforced Norman Tank Concrete pad, & Cleaned Tank
Electrical upgrades for New Well & Skyward Pump Station
Installed new 2 inch Skyward Tank fill line and 6 inch main from Trout Gulch road to top of Skyward Dr. with 6 Fire Hydrants
Well #3 new Motor & Drop pipe replacement
New Chlorination system.
Upgraded SCADA system and Skyward internet line.
Norman Tank replumbing
FEMA/CALOES mitigation : Valencia Rd Storm damage. 910 feet of new pipeline to connect Old Farm Lane to Lower Trout Gulch
FEMA/CALOES Repair: Valencia Rd Storm damage : Replaced 160 feet of 6 inch main on Valencia Rd.
USDA FINAL PROJECT & PURCHASES
New fence around Meadow Ranch yard.
New Treatment & Power Structure at Meadow Ranch yard.
Installed Earthquake Flex coupler at Meadow Ranch Tank
Purchased large chlorination tank
Purchased Solar Battery Backup SCADA kits
Purchased Larger Generator to run 3 wells
Purchase new Sample Stations