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A2: Safe, Clean Water Partnerships and Grants

Grants and partnerships covered under this project include:

  • Water conservation research grants for agencies and organizations to study and pilot-test new and innovative water conservation programs and technologies. The primary goal is to identify water savings devices and strategies that can assist the district in meeting its long-term water savings goal of 98,500 acre-feet per year by 2030. See Latest Updates below for links to grants documents.
  • Partnerships to help schools in the county provide drinking water dispensers and other potable water devices for students (California Senate Bill 1413 requires that schools provide access to free, fresh drinking water during mealtimes in food service areas)
  • Rebates to private well water users for the installation of point-of-use treatment systems to remove excess nitrate from their drinking water 


  • Helps the District exceed the conservation goal of 98,500 acre-feet per year by 2030 
  • Reduces water demands and the need to invest in new or expanded water supply sources and associated infrastructure 
  • Increases water supply reliability 
  • Helps schools provide safe, clean drinking water to students and comply with state mandate
  • Assists private well water users in maintaining the quality and safety of their drinking water

Project Updates

(April 16, 2014)
Conservation: District funds three projects aimed to advance innovations in water conservation. Details here >

(May 2014)
Last summer, the water district, Santa Clara County Public Health Department and FIRST 5 Santa Clara County (FIRST 5) partnered together to create the “Water to Go” initiative with the goal of installing 100 hydration stations in Santa Clara County in 2014 with each entity contributing funding to the project. The “Water to Go” partners launched the program on Oct. 24 in San Jose's Plaza de Cesar Chavez with the installation of the first “Water to Go” hydration station.

The water district has since expanded its partnerships with FIRST 5 to help pool resources in awarding grants to schools under a partnership agreement executed in December 2013.

To date, FIRST 5 has completed outreach to all schools that met eligibility criteria in January and received interest forms from 20 interested schools sites that met all eligibility criteria for the water district funding. To date, there are 12 schools to receive funding from the water district that either have signed executed contracts (6 schools) or are currently in the process of signing contracts (6 schools). For a breakdown of schools, download this Summary of Participating Schools [PDF].

FIRST 5 is working with several other school districts and/or schools to get agreements to reach a total of 20 schools. Orders for water stations units have been placed and installations of the stations are expected to begin in June. All water district funded school sites are on track to have installations completed over the summer. For more information or a complete list of schools, please contact Marta Lugo.

(April 17, 2014)
Nitrate: The Water District has launched the Nitrate Treatment System Rebate Program. Learn more about the program here.

Key Performance Indicators

  1. Award up to $1 million to test new conservation activities.
  2. Increase number of schools in Santa Clara County in compliance with SB 1413 and the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, regarding access to drinking water by awarding 100 percent of eligible grant requests for the installation of hydration stations; a maximum of 250 grants up to $254,000.
  3. Reduce number of private well water users exposed to nitrate above drinking water standards by awarding 100 percent of eligible rebate requests for the installation of nitrate removal systems; a maximum of 1,000 rebates up to $702,000.

Priority A 200

Project Information

Program Start FY 2014
Program Finish FY 2023
Total Cost $2.4 M
Safe Clean Water
Program funding
$2.4 M
Status Planning
Location Countywide

For more information:

Water conservation grants
Jerry de la Piedra (408) 630-2257

Drinking water for schools partnerships
Marta Lugo (408) 630-2237

Rebates to private well owners for nitrate removal systems
Behzad  Ahmadi (408) 630-2324