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How important is having Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection in Santa Clara County to you?

June 01, 2020
Safe Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection

At the Santa Clara Valley Water District, now known as Valley Water, we are working to protect our community’s drinking water, keep residents and businesses safe from flooding and natural disasters, repair and replace aging dams, reservoirs and pipelines, while reducing toxins, hazards and contaminants in our waterways.

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What is the Safe Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program?

The Safe, Clean Water Program, approved in 2012 by 74% of Santa Clara County voters as a special parcel tax with a sunset date of 2028; identified five priorities developed in collaboration with thousands of residents and stakeholders:

  • Ensuring a safe, reliable water supply.
  • Reducing toxins, hazards, and contaminants in our waterways.
  • Protecting our water supply from earthquakes and natural disasters.
  • Restoring wildlife habitat and providing open space.
  • Providing flood protection to homes, businesses, schools, and highways.

Now is the time

As our community contends with new challenges such as climate change, natural disasters, population growth, and uncertain imported water supplies, we are exploring the opportunity to potentially renew the existing program beyond 2028. We are gathering the community’s input to update and enhance the projects under each priority to better meet the future water needs of Santa Clara County.

We invite you to be part of this exciting process to provide Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection for all.


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Valley Water manages an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County's 2 million residents. The district effectively manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced recycled water purification center, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 285 acres of groundwater recharge ponds and more than 294 miles of streams. We provide wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water directly to homes and businesses in Santa Clara County.