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2016-2017 Groundwater Production Charge-Setting Process

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Protection and Augmentation of Water Supplies 2016/2017  (PAWS)
This is the 45th annual report that assesses the water requirements and supplies of Santa Clara County. It includes an evaluation of the programs and services needed to ensure a reliable water supply, as well as a financial analysis..

FY2017-21 Water Utility Enterprise Operations Plan:  This first operations plan describes the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s operational activities, projected resources and expenditures needed to ensure a reliable, clean water supply for Santa Clara County over the next five years. 

The Santa Clara Valley Water District will conduct its public process for setting FY 2016/2017 groundwater production charges (rates) in the Spring of 2016.

A modest level of water rate increases had been a part of our long-range planning to address much needed water supply infrastructure investments. However, the historic drought has resulted in higher costs for imported water that are essential to continue providing a reliable water supply, maintaining a healthy groundwater basin and avoiding the serious consequences of groundwater overdrafting.

Responding appropriately to the most severe drought in California’s history is our responsibility. It is also our responsibility to maintain the water district’s financial stability in order to continue to invest in meeting the future water supply needs for Silicon Valley. 

The annual rate-setting process includes a series of opportunities for the public to provide input at an open house and in formal public hearings in April. The process also includes a formal protest procedure by which well owners, operators, and owners of land upon which a well is located can object to the proposed increase in rates. That procedure is explained in detail on the Protest Procedure webpage. The FY 2016/2017 rate-setting process will conclude April 26, 2016.

Santa Clara County has two distinct groundwater basins, whose operations, infrastructure, and rate structure are separate. The North County basin is referred to as Zone W-2, and the South County is Zone W-5.For information on the rate-setting process in your area:

North-South Zone map