How important is having Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection in Santa Clara County to you?
At the Santa Clara Valley Water District, now known as Valley Water, we are working to protect our community’s drinking water, keep residents and businesses safe from flooding and natural disasters, repair and replace aging dams, reservoirs and pipelines, while reducing toxins, hazards and contaminants in our waterways.
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What is this program and why do we need it?
The Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program (Safe, Clean Water Program) is a program approved by 74 percent of Santa Clara County voters in 2012.
Over the years, this program and the one that preceded it have allowed Valley Water to construct projects and implement programs that keep our water safe and flowing reliably, that allow us to continue to provide various means of flood protection to residents and businesses, and to care for the environment in a responsible way. The Safe, Clean Water Program has helped Valley Water fulfill our mission and focus on the work that matters to Santa Clara County residents.
The existing program identified five key community priorities that were established in collaboration with thousands of residents and stakeholders:
- Priority A: Ensure a safe, reliable water supply
- Priority B: Reduce toxins, hazards and contaminants in our waterways
- Priority C: Protect our water supply from earthquakes and natural disasters
- Priority D: Restore wildlife habitat and providing open space
- Priority E: Provide flood protection to homes, businesses, schools, and highways
Valley Water is considering a sixth priority for the program, one focused on doing our part for public health and public safety of our community, as an essential service provider.
Now, as we work together to get through the public health crisis, the importance of having reliable public infrastructure is even more critical. Valley Water remains focused on delivering safe, clean drinking water and providing flood protection and environmental stewardship in the event our county faces any type of public emergency in the future.
Learn about how the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program benefits your community.
South Valley Meadow Restoration
Santa Clara County is facing new and growing challenges, such as climate change, uncertain imported water supplies, aging infrastructure, more frequent natural disasters and population growth. To be better prepared to meet those challenges, Valley Water is exploring the opportunity to potentially replace and renew the existing program beyond 2028. We are gathering the community’s input to update and enhance the existing projects under each priority and possibly add other priorities and projects to better meet the future water needs of Santa Clara County.
Valley Water invites you to be part of this exciting process to provide input into the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program.
Learn more, get program updates, and see the results from the community input.
ABOUT VALLEY WATER
Valley Water manages an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County’s nearly 2 million residents. Valley Water effectively manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced recycled water purification center, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds and more than 275 miles of streams. We provide wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water directly to homes and businesses in Santa Clara County.