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SJW’s AI-Driven Approach to Pipeline Replacement

Did you know that artificial intelligence helps San Jose Water deliver water to our customers?

SJW’s approach to pipeline replacement is driven by a commitment to ensuring the highest standards of water service reliability and safety for our community. Led by the Asset Management team, SJW leverages a cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) model to enhance our decision-making process—ranking each pipe segment in our system for replacement based on its unique probability of failure (PoF).

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Columbine Tanks Near Completion

The two 5.1 million gallon water tanks are replacing a 19.6 million gallon earth embankment reservoir built in 1963, which was nearing the end of its useful life.  The new tanks will hold less water (the population has used less water over the last 30 years, despite 29% population growth).  Smaller tanks allow for the average age of water to be lower, helping water quality and taste.  In addition, having two tanks allows for taking one tank down during low usage periods for cleaning and repairs.

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Inflation Affects Us All

Inflation has affected all of us – everything from soaring gas prices to basic groceries. Consumer prices were up 8.6% in May over 2021, according to the US Department of Labor. But have you thought about how inflation affects the water industry— the cost of supplies and an impact to key infrastructure projects?

SJW workers installing a new residential waterline

Investing in Our Water System Today

Building for the Next Century

Making sure that our customers have safe, clean and reliable water service means that our water system must be maintained and upgraded as time goes by. In our approximately 140 square mile service area, there are 2,400 miles of water mains, 106 tank and reservoirs, 20,143 hydrants, and 35,143 valves - that’s a lot of infrastructure to maintain!

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SJW Construction Stoppage

In order to follow the state and county shelter-in-place order, as well as to protect the health of our employees per CDC public health guidelines, we are suspending all non-emergency construction activity requiring field support by our engineering and construction teams until further notice. This includes water main replacement projects and nearly all other planned capital improvements. Projects currently underway are being brought to a safe and secure stopping point.