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Santa Clara Valley Water District Advanced Recycled Water Treatment Facility Expansion Project

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Sponsoring Agency Santa Clara Valley Water District
Subregions ('South Bay',)
Counties Santa Clara
Watershed Tributary Guadalupe
Public or private land? ('Public',)
Location (lat/lon) 37.43336332998166, -121.94120407104492
Start Date
End Date
Location Description Los Esteros Road, San Jose at the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant

The indirect potable reuse project consists of a 32 mdg purification facility that advanced treats recyled water and blends it via groundwater spreading basins or direct injection into the groundwater basin for future potable water uses.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District Advanced Recycled Water Treatment Facility Expansion Project is a 32 million gallons per day (mgd) purification facility that treats wastewater to a water quality level suitable for indirect potable reuse (IPR) applications via groundwater spreading basins and/or direct well injection.  The project is an extension of the multi-purpose South Bay Advanced Recycled Water Treatment Facility Project, an IRWM project currently under construction, to expand the application and uses of advanced treated recycled water. The expansion project will be a 32 mgd microfiltration/reverse osmosis (MF/RO) recycled water treatment facility providing a source of new water supply that can be integrated into the District's potable water system. The project will enhance water supply reliability and improve water quality and groundwater storage conditions in Santa Clara County. The project will be the largest of its kind in northern California.

Drinking Water Supply
Water Quality Improvement
Water Reuse/Recycling
Stormwater Improvements
Groundwater Benefits
Habitat Protection and Restoration
Flood Protection

Part 2 - Detail


i. Water Supply (conservation, recycled water, groundwater recharge, surface storage, etc.)


ii. Water Quality


iii. Flood and Stormwater Management


iv. Resource Stewardship (watershed management, habitat protection and restoration, recreation, open space, etc.)


Increases Water Supply Reliability
Advances/ Expands Conjunctive Management of Multiple Water Supply Sources
Increases Water Use and/or Reuse Efficiency
Provides Additional Water Supply
Promotes Water Quality Protection
Reduces Water Demand
Advances/Expands Water Recycling
Promotes Urban Runoff Reuse
Addresses Sea Level Rise
Addresses other Anticipated Climate Change Impact (e.g. through water management system modifications)
Improves Flood Control (e.g. through wetlands restoration, management, protection)
Promotes Habitat Protection
Establishes Migration Corridors
Re-establishes River-Floodplain Hydrologic Continuity
Re-introduces Anadromous Fish Populations to Upper Watersheds
Enhances and Protects Upper Watershed Forests and Meadow Systems
Other (Please Describe)
Increases Water Use Efficiency or Promotes Energy-Efficient Water Demand Reduction
Improves Water System Energy Efficiency
Advances/Expands Water Recycling
Promotes Urban Runoff Reuse
Promotes Use of Renewable Energy Sources
Contributes to Carbon Sequestration (e.g. through vegetation growth)
Other (Please Describe)
(low) - (high)
Drought Preparedness
Use and Reuse Water More Efficiently
Climate Change Response Actions (Adaptation to Climate Change, Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Reduce Energy Consumption)
Expand Environmental Stewardship
Practice Integrated Flood Management
Protect Surface and Groundwater Quality
Improve Tribal Water and Natural Resources
Ensure Equitable Distribution of Benefits
Reduce Reliance on the Bay-Delta
Reduce Water Demand
Improved Operational Efficiency and Transfers
Increase Water Supply
Improve Water Quality
Improve Flood Management
Practice Resources Stewardship
Other Strategies (Please Describe)
Groundwater Management Plan
Urban Water Management Plan
Water Meter Requirements
Groundwater Monitoring Requirements
AB 1420 Compliance
BMP Compliance
CEQA Compliance
Water supply reliability, water conservation and water use efficiency
Stormwater capture, storage, clean-up, treatment, and management
Removal of invasive non-native species, the creation and enhancement of wetlands, and the acquisition, protection, and restoration of open space and watershed lands
Non-point source pollution reduction, management and monitoring
Groundwater recharge and management projects
Contaminant and salt removal through reclamation, desalting, and other treatment technologies and conveyance of reclaimed water for distribution to users
Water banking, exchange, reclamation and improvement of water quality
Planning and implementation of multipurpose flood management programs
Watershed protection and management
Drinking water treatment and distribution
Ecosystem and fisheries restoration and protection
Reduced Reliance on the Bay-Delta
Projects that directly address a critical water quality or supply issue in a DAC
Urban water suppliers implementing certain BMPs as on page 17 of Guidelines
Be designed to manage stormwater runoff to reduce flood damage (PRC §5096.827)
Be consistent with the applicable Regional Water Quality Control Plans (Basin Plans) (PRC §5096.827)
Not be a part of the State Plan of Flood Control (SPFC) (PRC §5096.827)

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Part 3 - Benefits