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Water district board adopts responsible budget, plan to deal with aging infrastructure

May 09, 2018
Colleen Valles
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Anderson dam and spillway

SAN JOSE— The board of the Santa Clara Valley Water District unanimously adopted a $509.9 million budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 on Tuesday. Along with the budget, they also approved the 5-year Capital Improvement Plan and a water rate increase of 9.7 percent for most of the county, and a 7.7 percent increase for the portion of the county south of San José. These increases translate to about $3.92 and $1.10 respectively for an average household each month. The Capital Improvement Plan includes a number of projects that are necessary to ensure our infrastructure can continue to meet water supply needs in the future.

The budget, which includes net operating outlays of $304.8 million and $205.1 million for capital projects, is based on the nine priorities for FY 19 that the board adopted previously. Those priorities, in no particular order, are:

  1. Make key decisions regarding the California WaterFix.
  2. Provide for a watershed-wide regulatory planning and permitting effort.
  3. Foster a coordinated approach to environmental stewardship efforts.
  4. Advance the Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project.
  5. Advance recycled and purified water efforts with San José and other agencies.
  6. Finalize the Fisheries and Aquatic Habitat Collaborative Effort (FAHCE).
  7. Actively pursue efforts to increase water storage opportunities.
  8. Advance diversity and inclusion efforts.
  9. Coyote Creek flood response.

“This is a responsible budget that will help us meet our obligations to the people and businesses of Santa Clara County,” said Board Chair Richard P. Santos. “This budget helps us to face the challenge of aging infrastructure so we can ensure reliability for the future and to expand recycled, purified water to shore up our water supply to meet future needs.”

The 5-year Capital Improvement Plan describes the water district’s capital investments planned for the next five fiscal years and has a value of $4.2 billion. That amount is the cost of the projects for those five years, not the cost to complete them. The FY 19-23 plan includes 61 projects that address water supply, flood protection, environmental stewardship, information technology and the buildings and grounds of the water district.

Find more on the budget, water rates and Capital Improvement Program.


The Santa Clara Valley Water District 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 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds and more than 275 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.