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Read everything water...blogged. Scroll below to find article topics spanning from water treatment and system technology updates to conservation tips and employee news—and more.

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%.

SJW Internships – Win-Win for Everyone!

interns Deanna McMahan and Michael Banh
Jim Wollbrinck guides interns Deanna McMahan and Michael Banh through a software simulation program.

The water industry faces the same challenge as other businesses.

Good News About SJW Pipes

Did you know that San Jose Water (SJW) regularly tests drinking water for lead in the homes of its customers? We are happy to be able to report that all the water that we serve to our customers meets or surpasses the Federal and State regulations for lead and copper, as well as other parameters.

2019 Rates are Here: What You Need to Know

Starting January 1, 2019 your San Jose Water rates will reflect an increase in water rates recently approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). These new rates reflect an increase in operating costs and significant water system replacement costs for mains, tanks and wells that allow us to continue to provide safe and reliable water service. For an average residential customer, this equates to an increase of $4.32 on your bill or about 14 cents per day.

 

Water Issues For West San Jose and Los Gatos Customers

December 18, 2018 UPDATE: Yesterday’s water discoloration incident is being closely monitored by SJW professionals. The initial flushing of mains was completed last night.  

If our customers continue to notice any discolored water they are encouraged to flush their lines for up to 15 minutes.  Please begin with your external faucets such as hose bibs. Then move inside to your faucets and other plumbing fixtures. Please call our Customer Service Department at (408) 279-7900 if your water does not clear up after flushing.

Belgatos Station Tank Project

Located in the foothills of Los Gatos in the southwest corner of Belgatos Park lies an important piece of our water system infrastructure. Belgatos Station previously consisted of 2 earthen embankment reservoirs that stored up to 9.5 million gallons of potable water and served approximately 84,000 people in the San Jose Water service area.

Montevina Water Treatment Facility wins NARUC Innovation Award

We are pleased to announce that the Montevina Water Treatment Facility has been recognized by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) with their Innovation award in the water category. NARUC is a non-profit organization representing commissioners across the country who regulate vital utility services like water, electricity, and telecommunications.

SJW Honors Its Veterans

On Veteran's Day and every day, San Jose Water is proud to honor and employ our military vets. On behalf of a grateful nation, we want to thank all those who served for their sacrifices.  

In honor of Veteran's Day, we'd like to feature San Jose Water's Assistant Corporate Secretary and Corporate Counsel Willie Brown. Today Willie plays a vital role supporting our Board of Directors and managing critical legal issues and contracts for the company but he started his career in the Air Force.  

Sheet Mulching 101

Sheet mulching is an easy, affordable, and aesthetically-pleasing way to get rid of your water-hogging lawn once and for all. The layers of cardboard, compost, and mulch prevent weeds from growing, provide nutrients for the plants you want, and prevent the topsoil from drying out. Read on to find a simple step-by-step guide to sheet mulching.

 

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