The Rinconada Water Treatment Plant is the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s oldest treatment plant, having provided continuous and reliable service since 1967. The facility is a source of pride in the organization and this retrofit is the largest capital improvement project ever constructed by the water district. Including the planning, design and construction, the project will cost approximately $300 million.
This work is about one thing: Ensuring the plant continues to consistently and uninterruptedly fulfill its role as the major provider of drinking water to more than one million people on Santa Clara County’s west side.
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. These enhancements will also result in improved taste for your drinking water. The project includes 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 water district meet increasingly stringent standards for water quality, seismic stability and safety.
This completed project will use the following steps in drinking water treatment:
- Raw Water Ozone
- Flocculation and Sedimentation
- Redundant disinfection
The Reliability Improvement Project allows Rinconada to catch up with major improvements already made at the Penitencia and Santa Teresa water treatment plants in East and South San Jose.
Through this blog, we invite you to learn more about the project, submit questions as often as you like. We will do our best to answer your questions and you can follow along as the Project comes online.
For more information about Rinconada Water Treatment Plant construction, below are construction notices to update you on the project and what to expect during construction.
For more information about the Rinconada Water Treatment Plant Reliability Project, below are supporting project documents developed during the environmental and design phases of the project.
- New Facilities Map
- Plant Water Treatment Diagram
- Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR), Board of Director Certified – 2016
- Project EIR Addendum 1: Work Hours – June 2016
- Project EIR Addendum 2: Truck Hauling Hours – January 2017
- Project EIR Addendum 3: Work Hours – July 2018
- Final Design Agreement
- History of the Rinconada Water Treatment Plant
- Definitions Associated with Water Treatment
Meet the Team
Tony Mercado, District Office of Communications, Public Information Representative
District Water Utility Capital Division Project Staff
- Katherine Oven, Deputy Operating Officer
- Mike Munson, Project Manager
- Patrick Carter, Project Engineer
- Stephanie Logan, Project Assistant Engineer
- Monica Mendez, Project Assistant Engineer
- Jason Chiar, Project Assistant Engineer
Water Utility Operation and Maintenance Division Staff
- Bhavani Yerrapotu, Deputy Operating Officer
- Aaron Baker, Assistant Operating Officer
- Sam Bogale, Treatment Plant Manager
- Jonathan Burgess, Maintenance Manager
- Steve Twitchell, Plant Supervisor
- Pierre Gouley, Operations Liaison
- Open, Maintenance Liaison
CDM Smith, Inc.
- Greg Lindstadt, Project Engineer
- Roger Hatton, Construction Manager
- Ken Baker, Operations Liaison
Katz & Associates, Inc. (Outreach support)
- Maureen Barry, Senior Strategic Advisor
- Emily Powell, Director
- Kristen Asato-Webb, Account Executive I
Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc.
- Chris Rutherford, Project Sponsor
- Yuriy Stryzheus, Project Manager