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Statement from Valley Water Chair Linda J. LeZotte on first storms of the season

November 27, 2019
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“The first significant storms of the rainy season are expected to soak Santa Clara County this week. Although Valley Water is not expecting any significant impacts, our employees are working hard to ensure our waterways remain clear of debris and blockages.

Valley Water owns and manages 275 miles of the more than 800 miles of creeks in the county. While Valley Water regularly inspects streams and bank conditions, our crews have been cleaning out areas of creeks that are known hot spots for vegetation and debris buildup in preparation for these storms. Our employees will continue to clean out waterways throughout the winter.

We also rely on the public’s help to report creek blockages and other issues. To report issues in creeks, residents can call 1-408-630-2378 or visit our website at

These storms also serve as a good reminder for our community to prepare now for future storms. Please visit our website at for flood safety tips and resources.”

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 277 acres of groundwater recharge ponds and more than 275 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.