2019/2020 Groundwater Production Charge-Setting Process | Santa Clara Valley Water
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2019/2020 Groundwater Production Charge-Setting Process

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The Santa Clara Valley Water District, now known as Valley Water, will conduct its public process for setting FY 2019/2020 groundwater production charges (rates) in the Spring of 2019.

As Santa Clara County’s primary water wholesaler, the Valley Water strives to make sure there is enough clean, safe water to sustain the region’s economic vitality and quality of life. Water charges pay for the infrastructure and services required to deliver clean, safe drinking water to Silicon Valley residents and businesses.

The rate-setting process includes a series of opportunities for the public to provide input at an open house and public hearings in April. The details of these meetings are listed in the Important Dates section on page 3 of the notice. 

The Valley Water’s founding legislation (District Act) provides for the levying of groundwater charges to pay for the protection and augmentation of  water supplies from those who produce groundwater for beneficial use. Charges may be collected from all those within a zone who own or operate water-producing wells, whether currently active or not. Revenue from groundwater production charges may be used to pay for and incur debt for certain activities, including the following:

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Santa Clara County has two distinct groundwater basins, whose operations, infrastructure, and rate structure are separate. The North County basin is referred to as Zone W-2, and the South County is Zone W-5.For information on the rate-setting process in your area: