Public meeting will review project’s environmental impact

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is holding a public meeting Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the Rinconada Water Treatment Plant to give the community an opportunity to review the draft Environmental Impact Report for its upcoming upgrade of the facility. The meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the plant, located at 400 More Avenue in Los Gatos.

This report – which can be viewed online by clicking here or by going to the water district’s Public Review Documents Page – complies with objectives in the California Environmental Quality Act and evaluates the Reliability Improvement Project’s potential impacts on the environment and community and presents measures to substantially reduce those impacts.

The project seeks to replace or upgrade all major plant components and increase Rinconada’s daily treatment capacity to 100 million gallons of water. The work will also help the district meet increasingly stringent standards for water quality, seismic stability and safety.

It describes construction noise and increased truck traffic as the most significant impact associated with the plant’s big renovation. Construction noise was cited due to the ongoing nature of the project over the next five years between June 2015 and June 2020. The water district will implement extensive measures to minimize the noise by as much as possible, but the increase noise could still represent a short term impact.

The DEIR assess increased truck traffic due to the project during the five year construction period. District staff are in the process of meeting with neighbors adjacent to the treatment plant to describe more completely the impacts given the proximity of their residences. The project team will provide more details about the impacts at the public meeting.

Currently, the public can review the report Monday through Thursday between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the water district headquarters at 5700 Almaden Expressway. The public comment period on the DEIR begins on or about Sept. 27 and closes on or about Nov. 10. Mail comments to Senior Environmental Planner Mike Coleman at 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, Ca. 95118 or electronically at mcoleman@valleywater.org by the deadline.

Contact the plant’s neighborhood liaison, Tony Mercado, at 408-630-2342 if you will attend the public meeting.

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