Photo Friday: Settling in!

Contractors at the Rinconada Water Treatment Plant install plate settlers inside the new sedimentation basin. Plate settlers help improve the efficiency of the basins by removing solids from liquids. The construction schedule call for completion of Rinconada’s basins, also called settling tanks or clarifiers, around late fall.  

Views still in the clear with rise of new buildings

Neighbors of the Rinconada Water Treatment Plant want to make sure the rise of new buildings at the facility don’t impact the sweeping view of the Santa Clara Valley. So there was reason for relief at a recent neighborhood meeting where water district officials said the two new structures now visible at the plant won’t go…

Rinconada excels as training site for emergency responders

The Santa Clara County Fire Department has trained in many locations to sharpen the skills needed to help others, but they’ve rarely encountered an environment as unique and challenging as a water treatment plant under heavy construction. And that’s just the way they like it. “It’s such a changing environment. It looks different every day,” said…

County Fire Department to team with Rinconada to prepare for real emergencies

Don’t be alarmed next week if you happen to see emergency vehicles and firefighters around the Rinconada Water Treatment Plant. It may look like a disaster in the making, but it’s a carefully planned exercise by the Santa Clara County Fire Department to prepare its teams to conduct search and rescue and extractions within an urban environment,…

Get the latest on the project at this month’s neighborhood meeting

The Reliability Improvement Project at the Rinconada Water Treatment Plant continues its second phase of work that will run through December. On Thursday, June 29, the Santa Clara Valley Water District invites you to to hear details of the progress and get a sense of what’s in store in the third of five planned phases…

Keep up to date with the first meeting of 2017

This month, the Santa Clara Valley Water District will hold its first public meeting of the new year on the Reliability Improvement Project, fulfilling its promise to the community to keep it continually informed. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. at the treatment plant, 400 More Avenue. The project is currently in…

Final public meeting of 2016!

Year-end is closer than you think and the Santa Clara Valley Water District is preparing to make sure its neighbors have all the information they need about the big project at Rinconada as we head into the winter season. This month, the water district will hold the last of its public meetings for 2016 on…

Making the roads safer

Things are about to slow down a bit on More Avenue. At least that’s what residents along that stretch of street can hope for with the installation of electronic speed indicator signs. In about three weeks, the Santa Clara Valley Water District will place two signs on the median on More, one in each direction…

Public meeting this month!

The Santa Clara Valley Water District hits the one-year mark on one of its largest capital improvement efforts and, during its next public meeting, will review just how far it’s come. This meeting takes place Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rinconada Water Treatment Plant, 400 More Avenue in Los Gatos. It’s the…

Crane removal to open up views

The landscape of the neighborhood is about to get a lot more open this week as the water district’s contractors begin to relocate the towering 200-foot high crawler crane from where the flocculation sedimentation basins and ozone contactors are going up to the area near the new 9,600-square foot washwater recovery facility. On Thursday, July 28, Balfour Beatty will…

Trailer removal this Saturday

The water district will work this Saturday, July 9 to remove two temporary trailers from the deck near the recently modernized operations building, using a 265-ton crane for the full day job. Water district raw water and treatment water operators moved into the building last month following the completion of seismic retrofits and are currently…

A safe place to operate: District completes seismic retrofit

When the 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake rocked the Bay Area in 1989, the Rinconada Water Treatment Plant’s facilities swayed and rolled, but survived the temblor without any real damage save for a clarifier that went down due to the sloshing of water inside the basins. Following this month’s complete seismic overhaul of the operations building, the…