Keeping trucks on the right road

The Santa Clara Valley Water District installed left turn only traffic control signs to help keep construction vehicles on the designated haul route. This is part of the district’s effort to be a good neighbor in the community and do what is possible to reduce impacts to the area. The first sign is at the intersection…

Sharing some insight from a recent tour

The team on the Reliability Improvement Project is always ready to take questions and provide answers about the work underway at the Rinconada Water Treatment Plant. We’ve just compiled a short list of questions asked by the Los Gatos Parks and Public Works director, town engineer and staff during a recent tour of the plant…

Friday photo: In the trenches to ensure clean drinking water!

  The Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Water Quality Unit ensure the filters at our water treatment plants remain in good shape. Our staff inspects that equipment at least once a year, such as here at the Rinconada Water Treatment Plant, as part of the Filter Surveillance Program. This crew checked on the condition of…

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…