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RELIABLE SAFE, CLEAN DRINKING WATER FOR A HEALTHY LIFE, ENVIRONMENT, AND ECONOMY 

*At this time, Valley Water has canceled public tours until further notice. We are actively working on virtual tours and will post dates on the sign-up portals as they become available. Please check back frequently as these updates are happening. Thank you for your understanding at this time. (March 2020)

To help the public better understand how we provide and ensure safe, clean drinking water now and into the future, we are offering free tours of Valley Water facilities and infrastructure. 

Please see below to learn about the different tours we offer.

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WATER INFRASTRUCTURE TOUR

HOW DOES SANTA CLARA COUNTY GET SAFE, CLEAN DRINKING WATER?

Valley Water is now offering free 90-minute virtual tours for our water infrastructure facilities in place of the bus tour. Virtual Tour participants will get to learn about how some of our water infrastructure works together to provide safe, clean drinking water to residents of Santa Clara County. 

To see a list of available virtual tours and sign up, please visit the Water Infrastructure Tour Registration Portal 

If you have questions, please email us at [email protected]

Click below to see the Water Infrastructure Bus Tour Overview and a video inviting you to "Hop on with Valley Water." *** 

***Please note that our public tours are currently cancelled until further notice due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual tours are being offered in its place.

Water Infrastructure Virtual Tour Overview

New Water Infrastructure Virtual Tour

Valley Water is now offering free virtual tours of our water infrastructure and facilities in place of the water infrastructure bus tour. Participants will learn about how our water infrastructure works together to provide safe, clean drinking water for residents of Santa Clara County. 

As part of this virtual water infrastructure tour: 

  1. Attendees will learn about where Valley Water gets its water from and how we store it in groundwater basins and reservoirs like Anderson Reservoir.  

  2. Attendees will also learn about how Valley Water is addressing aging infrastructure through projects like the Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project and the Pacheco Reservoir Expansion Project to continue providing reliable, safe, and clean drinking water for Santa Clara County now and into the future.  

  3. Next, attendees will hear details on the importance of our Water Treatment facilities and how Valley Water treats raw water and turns it into safe, clean drinking water. 

  4. Attendees will also have the opportunity to virtually experience the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center to discover how we renew and refresh water through advanced water purification to create a drought-resilient and sustainable water supply.  

    • Please note that this is a condensed version of the full virtual purification center tour. Visit https://www.purewater4u.org to sign up for the full virtual tour. 

  5. Finally, attendees will also learn about the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program. This program helps Valley Water fund critical projects and enables Valley Water to partner with the community through grants to ensure safe, clean drinking water to Santa Clara County Residents.

Hop on with Valley Water - Video

 

Water Infrastructure Bus Tour Overview

AS PART OF THIS WATER INFRASTRUCTURE BUS TOUR:

  1. Attendees will first depart Valley Water headquarters in South San José and stop by Anderson Reservoir to learn how Valley Water stores imported and locally captured water. Attendees will also learn more about our plans to address aging infrastructure to ensure we continue to provide reliable, safe, and clean drinking water for Santa Clara County residents and customers. 
  2. Attendees will then stop by the Penitencia Water Treatment Plant to learn how Valley Water treats raw water and turns it into safe, clean drinking water.
  3. Attendees will also tour the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center to learn how we renew and refresh water through advanced water purification to create a drought-resilient and sustainable water supply. 
    • Please note that this is a condensed version of the full purification center tour.
    • Visit https://www.purewater4u.org to sign up for the full tour or schedule a private group tour of the purification center.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program and how we work with community partners to enhance our mission to ensure safe, clean drinking water to Santa Clara County Residents. 

THE SILICON VALLEY ADVANCED WATER PURIFICATION CENTER

The Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center offers free tours to the public to learn about the advanced treatment processes and the role of recycled and purified water as a future sustainable water supply.

The award-winning facility uses advanced technologies to purify secondary treated waste water and provides clean high-quality water through processes like microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet light. The result is 8 million gallons a day of highly purified water that is expected to match California drinking water quality standards. 

We are working hard to raise awareness about purified water and encourage residents to tour the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center to see first-hand how purified water is produced. As a result of these efforts, the facility and program is receiving broad support.

To join the hundreds of Expansion of Purified Water supporters, you can digitally sign a supporter card here

The Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center recently celebrated five years of operation in 2019. Read more about the center's five year anniversary!

You can sign up for a free tour of the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center, the largest plant of its kind in Northern California, and a showcase of how water reuse will grow as a drought-resistant, environmentally friendly water supply in the coming years.

To learn more about the advanced water purification process or sign up for a tour, please visit PureWater4U.org ***

***Please note that our public tours are currently cancelled until further notice due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual tours are being offered in its place.

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