The Santa Clara Valley Water District (‘The District’) is a public agency governed by seven board members and has a workforce of over 780 employees providing water supply, flood protection and stream stewardship in Silicon Valley. With a history dating back to 1929, the 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 1.9 million residents.
The District effectively manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an imported water conveyance system for nearly 40% of its supply, an advanced recycled water purification center, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, and nearly 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds, providing wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water to homes and businesses.
The District is also the flood control agency for Santa Clara County, constructing large flood protection projects, and annually preparing creeks for winter rains through levee maintenance, sediment removal, bank repair and vegetation management. We have invested more than
$1 billion in flood protection efforts to protect nearly 100,000 parcels with many more projects planned.