The Rinconada Water Treatment Plant is the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s oldest treatment plant, having provided continual and reliable service since 1967. The facility is a source of pride for many in the organization and with a retrofit of the facility on the horizon valued between $155 and $190 million, there’s only going to be more to tout about.
This work is about one thing: Ensuring the plant continues to consistently and uninterruptedly fulfill its role as the sole provider of drinking water to Santa Clara County’s west side. With equipment such as clarifiers and filters nearing the end of its useful life, the time is now to upgrade the nearly 50-year-old facility.
Known as the Reliability Improvement Project, this endeavor will replace or upgrade all major plant components and increase Rinconada’s treatment capacity to 100 million gallons of water a day. It will cover the design and construction of new facilities, including raw water ozonation, flocculation and plate settler clarification and dual media filtration. This work will also help the district meet increasingly stringent standards for water quality, seismic stability and safety. All of this will take place over the course of four years, beginning in 2015 and concluding in 2019.
This project will address four specific areas:
The Reliability Improvement Project gives Rinconada the chance to catch up with major improvements already made at the Penitencia and Santa Teresa water treatment plants in San Jose.
Through this blog, we invite you to learn more about the project, submit questions as often as you like and follow the progress of the work from its kickoff in 2015 to its targeted completion in 2019.