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…

Building for basins taking shape as construction continues

The flocculation sedimentation basins and ozone contactors currently under construction at the water treatment plant are turning into visible signs of change at the Rinconada plant. But what some people have asked is whether they’ll be as noticeable once complete and change the panoramic view of the Santa Clara Valley? A look at the most…

Excavation underway for washwater recovery building

There’s always something big going on at the Rinconada plant during Reliability Project construction and over the next few weeks, one of its biggest is going to start taking shape. The water district has started excavating to prepare the location for a 9,600-square feet washwater recovery facility, a key component in the treatment process. It will be…

New buildings won’t hamper valley views

A big question asked by neighbors about the new buildings planned for the Rinconada Water Treatment Plant is just how high the structures will rise and how they will impact the views of the Santa Clara Valley from the plant. The short answer is, not by much, according to Project Manager Mike Munson. The height of…

Shutdown planned for early March

Rinconada will shut down for five days beginning Monday, March 7 to work on tie-ins that will help make the new water treatment process operational. Contractors will connect pipes for raw water, waterline, liquid alum and sodium hypochlorate. The work will take place between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., with little increase in truck traffic…