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As the second-largest of the district's plants, Rinconada can treat and deliver up to 80 million gallons of water each day for retailers who supply residential and commercial users in the west valley, including the cities of Santa Clara, Campbell, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Mountain View and Los Altos and the towns of Los Gatos and Los Altos Hills.
Rinconada draws water from the South Bay Aqueduct (SBA) and the San Luis Reservoir. The San Luis Reservoir is a key component of the federal Central Valley Project while the SBA is a key component of the State Water Project system. Water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta pumps into the Delta-Mendota Canal and then into the San Luis Reservoir. The water district is one of many users that draw water from this reservoir. The water district's local Anderson and Calero reservoirs can also supply the plant.
What's happening at your plant
Making the plant
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The Rinconada plant held an Open House of its facility in October 2012, drawing more than 200 plant neighbors who toured the grounds, received tips on conservation and received insight into a $200 million project set to begin construction in 2016 that will improve its reliability.
This effort will add raw water ozonation, replace the existing clarification process with a more efficient and reliable technology using plate settlers and replace existing filters with seismically safe units. The project would enter the detailed design phase in early 2013.
Plant neighbors will have opportunities to provide input on the project during project design and environmental impact assessment phases.
If you have any questions or concerns about the Rinconada Water Treatment Plant, please contact Neighborhood Liaison Tony Mercado at (408) 630-2342 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If an urgent problem arises after regular business hours, please call the on-duty plant supervisor at (408) 265-2607, ext. 2121.
The Santa Clara Valley Water District is committed to providing a healthy, clean, reliable and affordable water supply that meets or exceeds all applicable water quality regulatory standards in a cost-effective manner.