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Terms of Use Policy

1. Notice.

You have entered the website of the Santa Clara Valley Water District (“District”), which may be used for authorized purposes only. By accessing or using this website, you agree to the terms contained in this Terms of Use Policy (“Policy”).

2. Definitions.

As used in this Policy:

  • "Website" means and refers to all or any portion of the official District web site (i.e., all pages starting with "www.valleywater.org"), the sub-pages and their content.
  • "Content" includes the information, material, documents, text, graphics, images, logos, and HTML, XML and other programming formats (including meta tags or the meta http equivalent), and scripts.

3. Notice That Website May Change Without Notice.

This Website is provided as a public service. This Website is dynamic and will change over time without notice. Users of this Website are therefore fully responsible for checking the accuracy, completeness, currency and suitability of this Website themselves. In addition, the District may suspend or discontinue some or all of this public service at any time.

4. Inappropriate Use of the Website.

The following uses of the Website are strictly prohibited:

  • Impersonation/Forgery. Adding, removing, or modifying identifying network header information in an effort to deceive or mislead is prohibited. Attempting to impersonate any person by using forged headers or other identifying information is prohibited. The use of anonymous remailers and nicknames does not constitute impersonation. Using deliberately misleading headers in news postings in order to avoid spam e-mail address collectors is allowed provided appropriate contact information is contained in the body of the posting.
  • Privacy Violations. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any electronic systems, networks or data owned or controlled by the District.
  • Threats. Verbal or written threats of bodily harm or destruction of property made through the Website are prohibited.
  • Harassment. Use of the Website to harass any individual or group for any reason, including but not limited to race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, is prohibited.
  • Illegal Use. The use of the Website for illegal purposes is prohibited.
  • Disruptions. Any activities that adversely affect the ability of other people or systems to use the Website are prohibited. This includes "denial of service" attacks against another network host or individual user, the known propagation or downloading of viruses, and all forms of hacking. Interference with or disruption of other network users, network services or network equipment is prohibited.
  • E-mail. Directly or indirectly sending viruses, hoaxes, chain letters, advertisements, unsolicited commercial e-mail, or large volumes of unsolicited e-mail to or through the Website, whether or not that e-mail is commercial in nature, is strictly prohibited.

5. Disclaimer of Warranties.

This Website is provided "AS IS" and without warranties of any kind. To the fullest extent of the law of the State of California, the District, and its directors, officers, employees, and agents disclaim all warranties, expressed or implied, including but not limited to warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, with respect to this Website; this disclaimer of warranties includes but is not limited to disclaimers regarding the following: (1) that the functioning of this Website will be uninterrupted and error free; (2) that any defects or other errors on this Website will be corrected; and (3) that this Website as well as the computer system are or will be free of viruses or other harmful components. In addition, neither the District, and its directors, officers, employees, and agents make any representations, guarantees, or warranties as to: (1) the accuracy, completeness, currency, or suitability of the information provided via this Website; (2) the use of or the results of the use of this Website; and (3) the accuracy, reliability, availability or completeness or usefulness of the content of web sites created and maintained by persons other than the District and linked to or from this Website.

6. Limitation of Liability.

Under no circumstances, including but not limited to, negligence, is the District nor its directors, officers, employees, and agents be liable for any special, consequential and/or incidental damages that may result from the use of or the inability to access or use this Website, even if the District has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. In no event shall the District's total liability to you for all damages, losses, and causes of action (whether in contract, tort (including but not limited to negligence), or otherwise) exceed the amount paid by you, if any, to access this Website.

7. Copyright Notice.

In general, information presented on this Website, unless otherwise indicated, is considered in the public domain. It may be distributed or copied as permitted by law. However, the District does make use of copyrighted data (e.g., photographs), which may require additional permissions prior to your use. In order to use any information on this Website not owned or created by the District, you must seek permission directly from the owning (or holding) sources. Also, duplication or use of any content from this Website for commercial purposes or in any manner likely to give the impression of official District approval is prohibited.

8. Links to External Web Sites and Pages.

This Website may contain hypertext links to external web sites and pages containing information created and maintained by public and private organizations other than the District. These hypertext links may be created by the District if it determines that establishing the external link will be consistent with assisting or furthering the purpose of this Website. In addition, hypertext links may be created by the District for informational purposes, that is, where the linked external web site will provide useful and valuable information to visitors to this Website, or where the linked external web site is required or authorized by law.

The District, in its sole discretion, will determine whether the external web site meets the purpose of this Website or for the specified informational purposes. The inclusion of a hypertext link to an external web site is not intended as an endorsement of any products or service offered or referenced on the linked web site, the organizations sponsoring such web site, or any views which might be expressed or referenced in the web site. These hypertext links to external web sites and pages may be removed or replaced in the sole discretion of the District, at any time without notice. In the event you discover problems with or have concerns regarding the format, accuracy, timeliness or completeness of a linked external web site, please contact the organization responsible for the linked external web site. Please note that the District does not control nor is it responsible for any linked external web sites and pages.

9. Disclaimer of Endorsement.

Any reference in this Website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the District.

10. Submission.

All remarks, suggestions, ideas, graphics, or other information communicated to the District through this site (collective, the "Submission") will forever be the property of District. District will not be required to treat any Submission as confidential, and will not be liable for the use of any ideas. District will be entitled to use the Submission for any purpose whatsoever, without compensation to you or any other person sending the Submission. You acknowledge that you are responsible for whatever material you submit, and you, not District, have full responsibility for the message, including its legality, reliability, appropriateness, originality, and copyright.

11. Jurisdiction.

This Website is provided as a public service using an associated computer system located within the District. Any person choosing to access and use this Website is subject to the jurisdiction of the District. These terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California. Any dispute arising out of or relating to these terms, or access and use of this Website shall be decided under the laws of and in the state courts in the State of California, and you hereby consent to and submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purpose of adjudicating such dispute.

12. Severability.

If any provision in these terms shall be determined to be unlawful, void or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, then that provision shall be deemed severable from the remaining terms and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions.

13. Privacy.

You may access the District’s Website Privacy Policy by clicking here.