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Valley Water Chair Tony Estremera statement on water security in wake of cyberattack in Florida

February 09, 2021
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The recent cyberattack on a water system in Florida is beyond troubling. Thankfully, through their vigilance, the water system’s staff was able to stop the attack before any harm was done.   

At Valley Water, the safety and security of our water supplies is of utmost importance. That’s why we have invested in advanced technology and several layers of complex protections, including 24/7 monitoring by our essential workers, to prevent such a cyberattack on our drinking water systems. Additionally, we have detection systems at our water treatment plants that will alert us of unsafe conditions long before the water would reach our retailers and eventually the taps of residents or businesses in Santa Clara County.

This incident underscores the importance of continually investing in our essential infrastructure as we face the threats of cyberattacks, climate change and other potential risks to our water supply. We need to prepare now to ensure the safety and security of our water supplies, now and in the future. And at Valley Water, you can rest assured that we are vigilantly keeping your water safe, around the clock, 365 days a year.  

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.