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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 Status

(As of October 2016) 


In February 2016, Santa Clara Valley Water District awarded grant funds to three water conservation projects. See attached Press Release. Applications for the next round of funding will be accepted in the fall of 2016.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the 2017 round of funding for the Water Conservation Research Grand Program is now released.  A non-mandatory pre-proposal workshop will be held on Oct. 18, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the district's headquarters building in conference room A-143.

Application deadline is Nov. 30, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.

Direct all inquiries to:

Michele Keefhaver
(408) 630-3142

Water to Go stations

Child filling bottle at hydration stationTwo schools from the FY15 grant cycle declined participation due to lack of resources and staff support to install and maintain a Water to Go station. These two grants were added to the FY16 grant cycle, for a total of 12 available grants.
Nine schools applied for the 12 available grants. Staff is connecting with applicants from previous grant cycles to fill the remaining three grants. The remaining 3 grants will be awarded in early FY17.

Once the final 3 grants are awarded, it will complete the number of grants committed under Hydration Station Grant Program. The FY16 grant agreements with schools continues to include the opportunity for the Water District and FIRST 5 to share water education programs and organize student assemblies to reinforce the messages about water conservation and drinking water as a healthy choice. 


The Water District continues to reach out to well owners that may be exposed to elevated nitrate and has increased the maximum rebate amount for nitrate treatment systems to $500. 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

Project Start FY 2014
Project Finish FY 2023
Safe Clean Water
Program funding
 $2.7 M**

(2015 Dollars)

**More information: 5-Year Implementation Plan, pages: 19-27
Status Implementation
Location Countywide


For more information:

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

Drinking water for schools partnerships
Jose Villarreal (408) 630-2879

Rebates to private well owners for nitrate removal systems
Vanessa de la Piedra (408) 630-2788