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2017-2018 Surface Water Charge-Setting Process

Protection and Augmentation
of Water Supplies 2017/2018
This is the 46th annual report that assesses the water requirements and supplies of Santa Clara County. It includes an evaluation of the programs and services needed to ensure a reliable water supply, as well as a financial analysis.

FY2018-22 Water Utility Enterprise Operations Plan: This first operations plan describes the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s operational activities, projected resources and expenditures needed to ensure a reliable, clean water supply for Santa Clara County over the next five years.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District will conduct its public process for setting FY 2017/2018 groundwater charges (rates) in the Spring of 2017.

Throughout the drought, we continued to focus on much needed infrastructure investments. The upgrade of Rinconada Water Treatment Plant is well underway, which will extend the plant’s service life for the next 50 years.

Much planning and design progress has been made toward the seismic retrofit at Anderson Dam, which will help ensure public safety and provide for water storage. While the water district continually strives for cost reductions and better utilization of the public’s assets entrusted to us, we must align water charges with the costs to deliver the services the community relies upon.

The proposed maximum charges will help drive progress on vital infrastructure upgrades (like those at Anderson Dam and Rinconada Water Treatment Plant), and will aid the effort to expand purified water supplies, which will bolster water supply reliability in the future.

The annual rate-setting process includes a series of opportunities for the public to provide input at an open house and in formal public hearings in April. The process also includes a formal protest procedure by which well owners, operators, and owners of land upon which a well is located can object to the proposed increase in rates. That procedure is explained in detail on the Protest Procedure download. The FY 2017/2018 rate-setting process will conclude April 25, 2017.

Santa Clara County has two distinct groundwater basins, whose operations, infrastructure, and rate structure are separate. The North County basin is referred to as Zone W-2, and the South County is Zone W-5.

  • See the notices linked at right for more information.

Important Dates


e-mail smallIf you have questions or concerns about this year’s charge-setting process, please join us at an upcoming open house or public hearing. You may also contact Jessica Vasquez at (408) 630-2985, or Darin Taylor at (408) 630-3068.