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2012 B5: Hazardous Materials Management and Response*

About This Project

This project allows Valley Water to continue providing a local, toll free number to report hazardous materials spills 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Emergency staff responds within 2 hours of the initial report, with spill cleanup in Valley Water rights-of-way performed in a timely manner. Appropriate agencies are alerted when spills are outside Valley Water jurisdiction.


*This project was voter approved as part of the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program.

Vehicle Accident
On Target
Start FY 2014 / Finish FY 2028
Safe, Clean Water Fund ($0.6 million); Watershed and Stream Stewardship Fund, Water Utility Enterprise Fund
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News & Updates

FY21 Quarter 3 Totals (January 1, 2021 to March 31, 2021):

  • Total Number of Reported Hazardous Material Incidents: 26

  • Total Number of Field Responses: 8

  • Total Number of Urgent Incidents: 1

  • Percent of Urgent Field Responses meeting KPI: 100%

Updated April 2021

For more information:

Reports & Documents

No current documents. 

Environmental & Community Benefits

Key Performance Indicator for the Safe, Clean Water Program 

  1. Respond to 100% of hazardous materials reports requiring urgent on-site inspection in 2 hours or less. 


  • Prevents and reduces contaminants in surface and groundwater

  • Provide a quick, systematic emergency response that reduces negative impacts of hazardous materials spills

Geographic Area of Benefit


History & Background

About the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program

In November 2012 the voters of Santa Clara County overwhelmingly approved Measure B, the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program, as a countywide special parcel tax for 15 years with a sunset date of June 30, 2028. This Program replaced the Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection Plan, which voters approved in November 2000.

The Safe, Clean Water Program was developed with input from more than 16,000 residents and stakeholders and was created to match the community’s needs and values. The voters of Santa Clara County identified five priorities:

Priority A: Ensure a Safe, Reliable Water Supply

Priority B: Reduce Toxins, Hazards and Contaminants in our Waterways

Priority C: Protect our Water Supply from Earthquakes and Natural Disasters

Priority D: Restore Wildlife Habitat and Provide Open Space

Priority E: Provide Flood Protection to Homes, Businesses, Schools and Highways

Other: Six projects from the Clean, Safe, Creeks Plan have been carried forward into the Safe, Clean Water Program.  

Each year,Valley Water prepares a report providing a progress update for each of these Program priorities, along with fiscal year accomplishments.

To ensure transparency and accountability to the voters, the ballot measure also created an Independent Monitoring Committee, appointed by the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors. The Independent Monitoring Committee  annually reviews the Program’s progress to ensure the outcomes are achieved in a cost-efficient manner and reports its findings to the Board.

In addition, the Program requires three independent audits, the first of which was conducted in FY 2017.

View the Safe, Clean Water Program’s annual reports, annual IMC audit reports, and independent audits, including a staff response, on the Valley Water website.