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Statement from Valley Water Chair Tony Estremera on anti-Asian acts of racism

March 18, 2021
Chair Tony Estremera

Valley Water stands in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. The pain and suffering experienced by the AAPI groups caused by acts of racism throughout Santa Clara County, the region and nation, is deeply upsetting.

Over the last year of the pandemic, we have witnessed increased acts of hate and violence against the AAPI community. This is unacceptable.  

At Valley Water, we will always condemn acts of racism, exclusion, and abuse of power in our organization and in our 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.

Valley Water has taken action and is committed to creating an inclusive work environment and diversity in our organization, which allows us to better serve the people of Santa Clara County.

Our organization remains steadfast in our support of the AAPI community, and is committed to the fair treatment of all regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, culture, ethnicity, socio-economic class, ability, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation and affirms that diversity, equity and inclusiveness, and respect are core values of the agency.

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.