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…

Work hours to extend next week

In an effort to fast track the completion of the Reliability Improvement Project, the water district is extending on a trial basis the work hours of the contractor beginning Monday, June 6. Over the next three months until Tuesday, Aug. 6, crews will begin work at 7 a.m. and finish at 6 p.m. Currently, the…

Water district to use drone this week

Across the country, aerial drones are changing the way construction companies do business, using the unmanned camera mounted vehicle to monitor work, obtain real-time data on job progress and even identify potential hazards. This week, the water district will utilize one such drone to take still photographs and video of the Reliability Improvement Project. The…

Project progress, traffic impacts to highlight May 25 public meeting

Join the water district’s project team and contractors on Wednesday, May 25 to discuss the progress of the $260 million Reliability Improvement Project taking place at the treatment plant. This 6 p.m. meeting takes place in the Rolling Hills Middle School multi-purpose room, located at 1585 More Ave. The presentation will also review the district’s approach to reduce…