Santa Clara County faces new challenges, including climate change, uncertain imported water supplies, aging infrastructure, more frequent natural disasters, and population growth. Valley Water’s Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program provides the funding for safe, clean water, protection from flooding and a healthy environment.

What is the Safe, Clean Water Program?

The Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program (Safe, Clean Water Program) is a program that was approved by 74 percent of Santa Clara County voters in 2012. Over the years, this program and the one that preceded it have provided local dollars to fund local water projects. The program has allowed Valley Water to construct voter-approved 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.

Santa Clara County is facing new challenges in a rapidly changing environment such as climate change, population growth, aging infrastructure, uncertain imported water supplies, regulatory permitting delays, and ongoing operations, maintenance and mitigation requirements.

On July 21, Valley Water’s board voted to place a measure on the November ballot, known as Measure S, to renew the Safe, Clean Water Program. This followed an extensive six-month public engagement process that included gathering the community’s input to update existing priorities, add a new priority, and add new projects to meet the future water needs of Santa Clara County. The program renewal was based upon more than 21,000 inputs from residents, community partners and stakeholders.

In November 2020, voters in Santa Clara County overwhelmingly approved Measure S, making it clear that safe, clean water, natural flood protection and caring for the environment are priorities now and for future generations. Measure S garnered more than 75% of votes in an election that saw a record-setting number of ballots cast.  

“I am grateful for the trust voters have shown in Valley Water,” Valley Water Board Chair Nai Hsueh said. “This program was built by the people, for the people. Tens of thousands of residents, community partners and stakeholders told Valley Water what they wanted to see in Measure S. Those priorities will guide us for years to come.”

The program renewal is based upon more than 21,000 inputs from resident, community partners and stakeholders: 

A renewed Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program identifies six key community priorities, established in collaboration with tens of thousands of residents and stakeholders:

Valley Water remains focused on delivering safe, clean drinking water and providing flood protection and environmental stewardship, no matter what type of public emergency we face.

Valley Water invites you to learn more about the updates proposed for the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection. 


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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.

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