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2021-22 Surface Water Charge-Setting Process

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Valley Water will conduct its public process for setting FY 2021/2022 groundwater and surface water charges (rates) in the Spring of 2021.

As Santa Clara County’s primary water wholesaler, Valley Water strives to make sure there is enough safe, clean water to sustain the region’s economic vitality and quality of life. Water charges pay for the infrastructure and services required to deliver clean, safe drinking water to Silicon Valley residents and businesses.

The rate-setting process includes a series of opportunities for the public to provide input at an open house and public hearings in April. The rate-setting process also includes a formal protest procedure where surface water users can object to the proposed increase in rates. The procedure is explained in detail using the link provided below.

As you are aware, what you pay Valley Water to divert surface water for your use is comprised of a basic user charge, which is equivalent to the groundwater production charge by zone, and a surface water master charge. The basic user charge helps pay for the cost to manage and augment surface water supplies and is set equal to the groundwater production charge because surface water is considered in-lieu groundwater usage. The surface water master charge pays for costs that are specific to surface water users only, including the work to operate surface water turnouts, and maintain information on surface water accounts.

Please keep in mind that drought conditions have already returned. Valley Water's Board of Directors continues to remind everyone to make conservation a way of life.

Valley Water continues to make progress on large infrastructure investments, including the Rinconada Water Treatment Plant upgrade, which will extend the plant’s service life for the next 50 years, in addition to increasing its capacity by 25%, and the Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit, which addresses public safety as well as the state's storage restrictions that limit our local water supply.

Valley Water is concerned about the rising cost of water and is charting a course for the future in accordance with the Water Supply Master Plan 2040 (WSMP) to achieve future water supply reliability at the lowest cost.

Important Dates:

April 13, 2021
1:00 p.m. Public Hearing (opens)
Board meeting Teleconference Zoom Meeting
Time certain
https://valleywater.zoom.us/j/95060012118
Meeting ID: 950 6001 2118
Call-in: 1-669-900-9128

April 15, 2021 Public Hearing & Open House Focused on South County 
6:00 p.m. Open House
7:00 p.m. Public Hearing
https://valleywater.zoom.us/j/95060012118
Meeting ID: 950 6001 2118
Call-in: 1-669-900-9128

April 27, 2021
6:00 p.m. Public Hearing (concludes)
Board meeting Teleconference Zoom Meeting
Time certain
https://valleywater.zoom.us/j/95060012118
Meeting ID: 950 6001 2118
Call-in: 1-669-900-9128