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Water district adopts balanced budget focused on services

Contact: Susan Siravo
Office: (408) 265-2607, ext. 2290
Mobile: (408) 398-0754

Date: June 9, 2010 

SAN JOSE, CA – On Tuesday, the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors adopted a $315 million budget that keeps water charges flat for a third straight year.

“We’re adopting a lean approach, while maintaining the vital services that our communities need,” said district board chair Richard Santos. “The district is responsible for ensuring the community has a reliable supply of clean water, protecting the community from flooding and providing environmental stewardship. We’re continuing to cut overhead costs and staffing, while maintaining high-quality service without increasing water charges.”

Reductions and efficiencies achieved:

  • Positions cut by 25, for a total of 82 over three years—about 10% of the workforce 
  • Reduced consultant costs by 19.2%, or $7 million 
  • Reduced management positions by 14%

The $315 million budget includes an increase of $9.9 million over the current year. Of this increase, approximately $9 million will fund capital project construction. The district has scheduled construction on 23 capital projects, which are projected to provide or sustain an estimated 1,000-2,000 local jobs in fiscal year 2010-11.

Capital projects are allocated $103 million in the budget, combined with existing capital funds of $78.1 million from the current year (total $181.1 million). This amount includes $26.4 million in local, state and federal funds, of which $16 million is federal stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The district’s fiscal year 2010-11 adopted budget focuses on the following high-priority work:

  • Continuing operations that deliver clean, reliable water and provide for flood protection and stream stewardship 
  • Securing imported water supplies, which make up nearly half of the county’s water supply 
  • Expanding advance-treated recycled water 
  • Managing infrastructure assets to keep services flowing 24 hours a day, 365 days a year 
  • Ensuring dam safety through a comprehensive program of planning, analyzing, monitoring and reporting on dam operation and safety, including seismic stability 
  • Master planning to guide investment of public funds to maintain the services to the community

Learn more by reviewing our Budget in Brief.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District manages wholesale drinking water resources and provides stewardship for the county's five watersheds, including 10 reservoirs and more than 800 miles of streams and groundwater basins. The water district also provides flood protection throughout Santa Clara County.