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Statement from Valley Water Chair Nai Hsueh on racial injustice, inequality

June 05, 2020
Valley Water employees say no to racism

Like many of you, I am deeply saddened by the pain and suffering experienced by African Americans and other minority groups in our community caused by racism.

Over the last week, we have witnessed people of all races, genders and ages take to the streets in Santa Clara County and across the nation to protest the killing of George Floyd. Their calls to end racial injustice, discrimination and inequality are not going unheard.

At Valley Water, we remain steadfast in our support of the African American community. Our organization stands firm in our value statement that all individuals are unique and important, and will be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

These are not just words. Valley Water has taken action and remains committed to creating an inclusive work environment and diversity in our ranks, which allows us to better serve the people of Santa Clara County. Our organization stands in support of our African American community, and all people regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or religious belief.

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.