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San Jose Water – Protecting our Employees While Keeping the Water Flowing During COVID-19

While we are committed to providing clean drinking water to the communities and families that we serve, we wanted to also let everyone know of the steps we are taking to keep our employees safe.

As part of normal operations, we plan for emergencies such as earthquakes and wildfires. We have business continuity plans in place to make sure our operations are maintained in the face of adversity. COVID-10 has created some unique challenges.  Below are some details of critical steps to keep our employees safe:

  • We closed all facilities to the public.
  • All incoming Customer Service calls

Reducing Our Climate Impact

Here at San Jose Water (SJW), we’re taking aggressive steps to mitigate our climate change impact by working to drastically reduce our carbon footprint. SJW’s Climate Change Policy is guiding our effort to provide sustainable water supplies to customers, and we continually aim to be an environmentally responsible organization that’s doing all that it can to transition to a low-carbon economy.

SJW Supports Australia Fire Relief

The wildfires in Australia are devastating to witness. 15 million acres burnt, people who have lost their lives and nearly half a billion animals gone. San Jose Water has made a donation to the NSW Rural Fire Service, which supports the New South Wales area (one of the hardest hit).

Please consider joining us or donating to one of these other very worthy organizations:

Australian Red Cross

World Wildlife Fund Australia

Country Fire Service in South Australia to help volunteer firefighters

Koala Hospital

A kangaroo escaping the fire with a building in the backdrop burning down. Photo provided by abcnews.go.com

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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!

In 2020, SJW continues its commitment to maintaining and upgrading our water system, investing almost $120 million to ensure we can safely and efficiently serve customers now and for the next 100 years.

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Lake Kittredge Wetland Restoration

 Army Corps of Engineer working on the wetlands

San Jose Water manages almost 6,000 acres of watershed in the Santa Cruz Mountains including five reservoirs, seven water supply intakes, and over 100 roadside culverts. Maintaining our facilities while prioritizing the environment requires a delicate balance, but as a dedicated environmental steward, SJW makes managing these natural resources a top priority.

Taking responsibility for the maintenance and management of these natural resources required that SJW obtain an Army Corps of Engineers Regional General Permit and a Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement from the California

Employee Spotlight: Gavin Devries

For most people, visiting the South Pacific island of Fiji sounds like a dream vacation. For Gavin Devries, Manager of Capital Planning at SJW, it was an opportunity to make a difference in the world by using his professional skills and education to serve his country as a civil affairs officer in the United States Army Reserve (USAR) over the summer.

Devries began his journey with the U.S. Army in 2007, during the height of the Iraq War, where he served as a civil engineer for the medical service corps. Here, he worked with multi-national forces and local Iraqis on water and wastewater

Keeping your Water Flowing During the PG&E Shutoff

SJW staff monitoring system

We know last week was a challenge for many of you who lost power due to the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutdown. On our end, we worked day and night to make sure you had water — no matter the power situation. Here’s a peek at what took place behind the scenes. We:  

  • Deployed 14 portable generators to key locations to ensure power.
  • Installed an additional 11 stationary generators at various water pumping stations.
  • Installed 12-volt gel-cell batteries at two remote reservoirs to maintain communication.
  • Collaborated with our fuel providers and transporters to confirm readiness and

Big Reliability Win for San Jose Water Customers

A big congrats to our incredible Asset Management team for winning an Uptime Award for Best Reliability Engineering for Maintenance Program from Reliabilityweb!

Fifth Graders Get Water Wise!

Take-home water saving kit

San Jose Water (SJW) is committed to increasing water conservation awareness not only among adults, but youth as well. Since 2015, SJW has carried out a school-based water education effort known as the WaterWise™ Program. This program is designed to bring hands-on conservation lessons into the classroom and home.

The WaterWise Program is taught in 5th grade classrooms throughout the SJW service area through the Franklin Energy program. Once the program team identifies and enrolls teachers and students within our service area, teachers are provided with a Teacher Book and Student

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