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ValleyWater@Work

ValleyWater @ Work in your neighborhood

STWTP   Lower Silver Construction

Water Utility Capital Projects
The water district works to provide a reliable supply of safe, clean water for Santa Clara County residents, businesses, and the environment.

To achieve this goal, the water district manages and operates a complex and integrated water supply infrastructure, including 10 dams, about 400 acres for groundwater recharge ponds, more than 100 miles of pipelines, three drinking water treatment plants, three pump stations, and recycled water facilities.

These facilities, some of which are more than 80 years old, require ongoing maintenance and rehabilitation. The water district invests about $70 million a year in water supply infrastructure to ensure a reliable, clean water supply for current and future generations.

Flood Protection Capital Projects
One of the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s main missions is to protect residents, businesses and transportation networks from the devastating effects of floods. The water district works to protect both the natural attributes of these waterways and the communities that surround them through constructing major flood protection projects and its watershed stewardship core function.

Since the early 1980s, the water district has invested more than half a billion dollars in flood protection programs, protecting more than 93,000 properties in previously flood-prone areas.

Fifty years of working for flood protection has reduced the intensity and frequency of flooding in the county.

   
Bank repair work at Thompson Creek in San Jose
Pipe replacement
Stream Maintenance Program
More than 800 miles of creeks flow through Santa Clara County and its five watersheds. The water district has kept pace with the county’s growing population and economy, conducting levee repairs and sediment removal as part of its annual Stream Maintenance Program. In the first four years of this program, the water district has removed so much sediment, invasive vegetation, trash and debris and repaired many eroded creek banks, that when record rainfall came, our waterways were able to carry floodwaters safely.

This same work has also created more natural conditions for fish, plants and wildlife.
Water Supply Maintenance
The water district provides a reliable, safe supply of water year round via a complex network of distribution and treatment facilities including 10 reservoirs; three drinking water treatment plants; three pumping stations; 153 miles of pipelines; and 393 acres of ponds that "recharge," or replenish the groundwater basins.

Each winter, when drinking water demands are low, the water district schedules maintenance, repairs and inspection of pipelines, recharge ponds, pumping stations and treatment plants. Regular maintenance reduces costly and disruptive repairs later.


This page will link you to information on current capital projects throughout Santa Clara County and on routine stream and water supply maintenance activities for 2013.

Flood protection capital projects underway in Santa Clara County

Lower Silver Creek Flood Protection Project

Neighborhood stream maintenance projects underway. Click here for more information.

 

Valley Water@ Work is a monthly newsletter published once a month by the water district between July and October. This report features neighborhood stream maintenance projects currently in the works in a city-by-city format and highlights cubic yards of sediment removed and length of bank or levee repaired.

Issue 1: 7/1/2013 to 8/31/2013

Issue 2: 9/1/2013 to 10/31/2013

Final issue 2013

Stream Maintenance Program "By the numbers" (as of 11-2013)

Dump truck 2 Total linear feet of bank or levee repaired: 1,860

Dump truck 3 Total cubic yards of sediment removed (enough to fill more than 2,198 dump trucks): 17,590

If you observe a problem in any creek in our service area, you can report it to our "Access Valley Water" online customer request and information system. This is the best way to alert our capital projects staff of issues, questions or concerns relating to a flood protection project or field crews of downed branches, eroding banks, trash, graffiti or overgrown vegetation.

Crews work on the building of the West Virginia Street Bridge in San Jose The building of the West Virginia Street bridge, part of the Upper Guadalupe Flood Protection Project Crews work on a detention basin on Calabazas Creek