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Conservation

SJW Fleet Goes Green with Switch to Renewable Diesel

Just in time for Earth Day, San Jose Water is proud to announce we have made the switch: all vehicles in our service fleet now run on Neste My Renewable Diesel (NMRD), a biofuel made from 100% renewable and sustainable feedstock. 

Your Guide to Water-Wise Gardening Year-Round

Even following a season of heavy rainfall, California will always be susceptible to drought, so selecting plants that can withstand inevitable dry spells will always be critical. Whether you’re a veteran green thumb or a gardening first-timer, you don’t need to worry! At San Jose Water, we’ve pulled together all the best tips and resources to help you become a water-wise gardening pro.

Using GIS to Improve Service for our Community

San Jose Water (SJW) has been serving the South Bay Area for over 150 years, and during that time, a lot has changed in the way of water infrastructure technology. Earlier this year, the Montevina Water Treatment Facility was reopened after receiving significant upgrades, including new ultrafiltration technology.

San Jose State University: Award-Winning Recycled Water Star!

SJSU Soccer Field Repaired pipes
Irrigation repairs to South Campus soccer field mains

San Jose Water is thrilled to announce that San Jose State University (SJSU) has been selected as the winner of two awards for its exceptional and innovative water recycling program: “Customer of the Year”

Preventing Water Loss with Acoustic Leak Detection Technology

San Jose Water (SJW) is dedicated to delivering safe, high-quality water to over one million customers across 140 square miles everyday. It is our job to protect our water resources and promote long-term sustainability in our community. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average annual water loss rate for utility systems is 16%. Meanwhile, SJW has an average annual water loss rate of approximately 7%.

Water, Water Everywhere!

With the upcoming Day Without Water on October 10, San Jose Water is really looking at the value of water in our lives. We use it every single day, whether it’s to drink, clean, or cook. But have you ever wondered what else we need water for?

Climate Change's Impact on Water

Climate change isn’t exactly a new subject, but there’s a lot that we’re still learning about it, such as how it works, what its effects will be, and when we’ll see those changes take place. In the water utility industry, climate change is changing our assumptions about the availability and quality of our water supply and how to manage this precious resource.

Water Smart Summer Activities

Summer is quickly approaching and we are gearing towards another high-usage water month. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), water demand is 2-4 times higher during the summer than it is the rest of the year. This summer, we want to encourage San Jose residents to be mindful of water conservation. Playing around water and using it to cool off is great, but there are still ways to be water smart. Here’s a quick guide to some water smart summer activities that you may enjoy.

 

Where does San Jose water come from?

The easy answer is that it comes from the sky. But, where does your water really come from? Surprisingly, California residents enjoy water from all over the state depending on the area in which you live. As a whole, about 30% of California’s total water supply comes from groundwater. This number goes up to about 60% during a drought.