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 to renew the program. An extensive six-month public engagement process included gathering the community’s input to update and all priorities, add on another new priority, and add new projects to meet the future water needs of Santa Clara County.
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:
- 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
- Priority F: Support public health and public safety for our community
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.
Learn more, get program updates, and see the results from the community input.
To find out the latest information on the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program renewal education campaign, or to submit questions or comments: SafeCleanWater@valleywater.org
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.