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A2: Safe, Clean Water Partnerships and Grants

Grants and partnerships covered under this project include:

  • Grants for agencies and organizations to study and pilot-test new water conservation programs. In FY10, county water conservation stood at 50,600 acre-feet, but this number needs to nearly double by 2030 to meet future demand. 
  • Grants to help schools in the county provide drinking water dispensers and other potable water devices for students. California Senate Bill 1413 (SB 1413) requires that schools provide access to free, fresh drinking water during mealtimes in food service areas.
  • Rebates to private well water users for the installation of point-of-use treatment systems to remove excess nitrate from their drinking water 

Benefits

  • Helps the district exceed the conservation goal of 98,500 acre-feet per year by 2030 
  • Reduces water demands and the need to invest in new or expanded water supply sources and associated infrastructure 
  • Increases water supply reliability 
  • Helps schools provide safe, clean drinking water to students and comply with state mandate
  • Assists private well water users in maintaining the quality and safety of their drinking water


Project Status

(As of September 2017) 

Water conservation grants 

The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the 2018 round of funding for the Safe, Clean Water Project A2 Water Conservation Research Grant Program is now released. 

A non-mandatory pre-proposal informational workship will be held for interested applicants: 
        October 26, 2017,  9 - 11 a.m.
         District's Headquarters building, conference room A-143
         5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 

Application deadline is November 30, 2017 by 5:00 pm.

In February 2017, Santa Clara Valley Water District awarded grant funds to 2 water conservation projects. See attached Press Release.

Status for projects awarded through June 2017 is listed in the attached table. Water Conservation Research Grants Status Table 



Water to Go stations

Child filling bottle at hydration station

To date, 41 hydration stations have been installed, and 3 schools have already received commitments from the District.

Applications for the remaining 6 schools will be opened in FY 2018. With the installation of 50 hydration stations, the District will meet its Safe, Clean Water commitment to: Increase the number of schools in Santa Clara County in compliance with SB 1413 and the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, regarding access to drinking water by awarding 100 percent of eligible grant requests for the installation of hydration stations; a maximum of 250 grants up to $254,000.

 

Rebate to private well owners for nitrate removal systems

The District continues to reach out to well owners that may be exposed to elevated nitrate and has increased the maximum rebate amount for nitrate treatment systems to $500. Learn more about the program here.


Key Performance Indicators

  1. Award up to $1 million to test new conservation activities.
  2. Increase number of schools in Santa Clara County in compliance with SB 1413 and the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, regarding access to drinking water by awarding 100 percent of eligible grant requests for the installation of hydration stations; a maximum of 250 grants up to $254,000.
  3. Reduce number of private well water users exposed to nitrate above drinking water standards by awarding 100 percent of eligible rebate requests for the installation of nitrate removal systems; a maximum of 1,000 rebates up to $702,000.
 

Priority A 200

FY17 Annual Report Status 

StatusOn Target
Project StartFY 2014
Project FinishFY 2023
Safe Clean Water
Program funding
 $2.7 M**

(2015 Dollars)

**More information: 5-Year Implementation Plan, pages: 19-27
LocationCountywide



For more information:

Water conservation grants
Jerry de la Piedra (408) 630-2257

Michele Keefhaver (408) 630-3142 


Drinking water for schools partnerships
Sherilyn Tran (408) 630-2772


Rebates to private well owners for nitrate removal systems
Vanessa de la Piedra (408) 630-2788