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The Rhythm of Public Works: National Public Works Week 2020

May 19, 2020
The Rhythm of Public Works

As we work together to get through this global health crisis, Valley Water remains focused on continuing to deliver safe, clean water to our community, and protect residents and businesses from flooding. The COVID-19 virus is not impacting the safety of your drinking water, or our ability to supply water in Santa Clara County. Under the state and county’s shelter-in-place order, Valley Water is considered essential as an organization from a utility and public works perspective. Critical operations are continuing in support of our core mission of providing clean, safe water, essential infrastructure, water supply, flood protection projects and creek maintenance.


The Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water) has been a participating member of the American Public Works Association (APWA) for over 40 years. Valley Water staff and retirees have served on the board of the local APWA South Bay Area Chapter and have volunteered their time in support of APWA activities.

Valley Water is proud to recognize May 17–23, 2020 as National Public Works Week. “The Rhythm of Public Works” is the theme of this year’s campaign.

Take a look at a few recent examples of Valley Water public works projects:

  • Rinconada Water Treatment Plant Reliability Improvement
  • 10-Year Pipeline Rehabilitation – Cross Valley Pipeline
  • Llagas Creek
  • McKelvey Park Flood Detention Basin
  • Main Ave and Madrone Pipeline Rehabilitation
  • Vasona Pump Station
  • Almaden Lake


Rinconada Water Treatment Plant Reliability Improvement

Overhead view of Rinconada WTP – Reliability Improvement Project Phase 2, new construction and existing facilities


Preliminary test for Fuel supply & return lines & Filling up Washwater basin for title 22 testing
Setting MH-BA2 & Digging and trenching for 15” Storm Drain, Profile BA

10-Year Pipeline Rehabilitation – Cross Valley Pipeline

CVP 17 – Newly Installed 60-inch piping and valves for new line valve vault

Llagas Creek

Middle Avenue Bridge being excavated (Reach 7A)
Reach 7A Diversion Channel Excavation

McKelvey Park Flood Detention Basin

McKelvey Ball Park and Detention Basin-Little League Field
Permanente Creek Overflow Weir Structure to McKelvey Detention Basin

Main Avenue and Madrone Pipeline Rehabilitation

Madrone Channel Dissipation Structure
Project Completion Plaque at Madrone Channel

Vasona Pump Station

Vasona Pump Station Interior Upper Level
Vasona Pump Station Lower Level

Almaden Lake

Almaden Lake, Almaden Lake Regional Park, San Jose, California
Aerial Image of Existing Almaden Lake
Rendering of Proposed Almaden Lake Improvement Project

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.