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Valley Water Chair Tony Estremera statement on reduction of state water allocations

March 25, 2021
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The California Department of Water Resources recent announcement that water allocations from the State Water Project are being reduced to just 5% of requested supplies this year should come as no surprise, as the U.S. Drought Monitor reports 95% of California is experiencing moderate to exceptional drought. We here at Valley Water have been preparing for drought since the last one ended by investing in technology and infrastructure, including the Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project, upgrading and maintaining our pipelines and water treatment plants and expanding the use of recycled and purified water.  

The State Water Resources Control Board also echoes our call for everyone to use water efficiently in their everyday lives. Valley Water's robust conservation programs are easy ways for residents and businesses to save water and money.

The COVID-19 pandemic and recent water disasters across the U.S. have shown how important it is to have clean water always available for drinking and washing our hands.  Valley Water is focused on preparing for future wet and dry years to ensure Santa Clara County's 2 million residents have a reliable water supply no matter what extreme weather the changing climate brings.

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.