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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.

SJW’s Water Quality Department is in the process of performing

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.

In 2014, improvements to the Belgatos reservoirs were identified due to the geological instabilities, proximity to a seismic fault, and the aging condition of the interior columns, roof systems, and floor liner. Originally constructed in 1956, the earthen

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. They strive to improve the regulation of public utility services to better serve the people that use them.

The purpose of the NARUC Innovation Award is to recognize innovation in the public utility sector, especially

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.  

Read on for a brief interview with Willie on his military service and what it has meant to him.

Water Wise Breweries in California

Water is everywhere. We use it daily and it’s the key ingredient in making almost everything that we use. If you are a regular reader of our blog, you know that everyday objects such as paper, gasoline, shoes, t-shirts, phones, and jeans require a surprising amount of water to manufacture. It probably doesn’t surprise you to know that making beer also requires a lot of water. For breweries, water is everything. From growing the grains and hops, to brewing, to pasteurizing, and to shipping - water is the fuel that runs the business. Did you know that it takes approximately 20 gallons of water

New San Jose Water Montevina Treatment Facility Receives Environmental Award

We are thrilled to share some exciting news about our newly re-designed Montevina Treatment Plant. In September, San Jose Water was awarded the Environmental Engineering Project award for the new facility. The award was presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).


The award, granted annually, recognizes projects that demonstrate innovation and improved practices in the water treatment industry by updating existing methods and incorporating emerging technology. The upgraded Montevina Water Treatment Plant opened on May 23rd, 2018.

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Lake Ranch Improvement Project

Nestled in Sanborn County Park, in the Santa Cruz Mountains southeast of San Jose, lies Lake Ranch - a 70 million gallon water storage reservoir owned and operated by San Jose Water. You’re probably aware that there are many lakes in the Santa Cruz mountains, but did you know that this reservoir was constructed 144 years ago? It was originally built to meet the growing water demand for the town of Los Gatos. Now boasting water demands of over 1 million residents in the Greater San Jose area, it’s no secret that our reservoir needed to undergo improvements to its infrastructure for safe and

San Jose Water is Getting Prepared

The month of September is here! Children are back in school, the leaves are beginning to change, and South Bay weather is cooling off. September also marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month. Now in its 15th year, National Preparedness Month is a nationwide, month-long effort which encourages and reminds us all to prepare and plan for disasters or emergencies in our homes, businesses, and communities.You may have come across an article recently explaining how San Jose Water is playing a proactive role in preparing for emergency situations. Our community is subject to many types of

Join San Jose Water at Water Appreciation Night!

Did you know that about 95% of the water entering our homes goes down the drain? This can be attributed to leaving the tap on while brushing your teeth, over-watering plants, or using leaky faucets. Regardless, it is important to become more involved in reducing our water usage, as water is a limited resource that shouldn’t be taken for granted.

To raise awareness and show our appreciation for this precious resource, San Jose Water will be hosting SJSU's annual water awareness night at the homecoming football game vs the San Diego State Aztecs on Saturday, October 19th at the CEFCU Stadium

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