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Media Advisory: Emergency Water Summit

May 05, 2015

Amidst one of the worst droughts in state history, elected officials from throughout the South Bay gather to discuss potential solutions to ongoing water crisis

What: Event focused on creating a collaborative, regional framework to empower local communities to combat the unrelenting drought

When: Saturday, May 9
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Who: Elected officials from throughout Santa Clara County

Background: As California continues to suffer one of the worst droughts in its history, the Santa Clara Valley Water District is convening one of the first regional water summits in the state focused on providing local governments and agencies tools to combat the ongoing water crisis.

The summit will bring together elected officials from around the region to develop a framework to encourage collaboration and uniformity in the ways in which local cities and public agencies regulate water use in their respective jurisdictions. More importantly, the summit will outline a number of tools with which local municipalities can combat the ongoing water crisis, including ways to encourage greater conservation and use of recycled water.

Water district officials are hopeful the summit will spark change at the local level in the ways in which local cities and agencies view their responsibilities to combat the ongoing water crisis, as years of dry conditions, below average rainfall and Sierra Nevada snowpack totals have created emergency conditions that necessitate action at all levels of government.

Visual: Elected officials breaking out into small working groups to discuss and develop solutions. One-on-one interviews will be available with all attendees.

Drought Summit Flyer

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.