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Valley Water Board Chair John L. Varela statement on increased imported water allocations

April 20, 2023
April 2023 snow survey

“I would like to thank the California Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation for providing us 100% of our imported water allocations this year, the first time this has happened since 2006. While our county’s water supply conditions are excellent, we know climate change will result in hotter and drier weather. That’s why must continue to make water conservation a way of life.”

To learn about Valley Water’s robust conservation programs, visit

Photo caption: Snowy hills above U.S. Highway 50 in El Dorado County. Photo taken April 3, 2023. Fred Greaves / California Department of Water 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 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.