The Expedited Purified Water Program will provide a new safe, high quality, and drought-proof water supply for Santa Clara County. Purified water is a component of the region’s water supply portfolio to ensure continued safe, clean water for a healthy life, environment, and economy in our communities.
Plans to develop potable reuse projects have been unfolding steadily, notably with the launch of the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center (SVAWPC) in 2014. The district’s goal has been to develop recycled water to provide for at least 10 percent of total county water demands by 2025. To achieve this, the water district plans to develop up to 24,000 acre-feet per year (AFY) of additional highly purified water for potable reuse, by the year 2025, and up to 45,000 AFY in the future. In addition, continue to support production and expansion of recycled water. Potable reuse plans being evaluated include:
- Expanding the SVAWPC treatment system and/or construction of additional advanced water facilities near regional wastewater facilities within Santa Clara County (e.g., cities of Sunnyvale and Palo Alto, and the South County Regional Wastewater Agency) to increase production of purified water up to 32 million gallons of water per day (mgd).
- Constructing approximately 30 miles of transmission pipelines, primarily through city streets, to convey purified water to existing groundwater recharge ponds and potential conveyance to existing drinking water treatment facilities.
- Installing injection wells and necessary infrastructure for injecting the purified water into the groundwater basin to recharge areas of the western part of Santa Clara County.
- Constructing a satellite advanced water treatment facility at Ford Road Ponds in South San Jose to recharge the groundwater basin with a capacity of up to 4,200 AFY.