Friday photo: Future carriers of raw water getting set for installation

Construction crews work on 42-inch diameter pipes at the Raw Water Flow Control and Metering Facility at the treatment plant. When fully installed, these pipes will carry 100 million gallons a day of untreated water into the new ozone contactor, a building that utilizes one of the best disinfectants available. The district expects to complete…

Nothing wasted. District completes washwater recovery basins

The 9,600-square-foot washwater recovery facility is now complete. And while it doesn’t play a direct role in making your water clean and safe to drink, it’s essential to recycling all the unused water during the treatment process. Made up of two basins that can hold about 528,000 gallons each for a total of more than…

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…