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2010 Urban Water Management Plan

The District's 2010 Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) is available through the following links:

A hard copy of the 2010 UWMP is also available for public review at the District headquarters building during normal business hours.

Project Description

Per the Urban Water Management Planning Act, water suppliers such as the District are required to review, update, and submit an Urban Water Management Plan to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) by July 1, 2011.

The 2010 UWMP includes a general discussion on the history of Santa Clara Valley Water District as well as information on climate, demographics, and the economy of Santa Clara County. Water supply sources including groundwater, local surface water, imported water, water recycling and efforts related to desalination are described in the plan. Also included is information on historical water use, water conservation programs, demand projections, water shortage contingency and supply interruption planning, water quality, reliability and threats to reliability. In addition, the plan examines the water supply outlook in the County under different hydrologic conditions in accordance with DWR guidelines.

This plan documents important information on water use and supply in Santa Clara County and serves as a valuable resource for water supply planners and policy makers. In addition, the District's 2010 UWMP is a foundational document for the preparation of water supply assessments and written verifications as required by Senate Bill (SB) 610 and SB 221 for projects subject to CEQA consisting of more than 500 dwelling units or equivalent water use.

A large portion of the analysis performed and information gathered to satisfy the requirement of the Urban Water Management Planning Act are directly applicable to the development of the Districts Water Supply and Infrastructure Master Plan (Water Master Plan) including demand projections, supply assumptions, water supply reliability and the associated update of the water supply planning models. The Water Master Plan takes the process to the next level through the identification, weighting and prioritization of needed water supply and infrastructure projects. The 2010 UWMP is based on current operational assumptions and supplies and any shortages identified in the plan, and how to best address these, will be evaluated in the Water Master Plan.

Stakeholder Involvement

The 13 major water retailers were the primary stakeholders involved in the preparation of the District’s UWMP. Coordination of this effort with water retailers is primarily through the Retailer Water Supply Subcommittee.

The 2010 UWMP was presented to the Water Commission, Landscape Advisory Committee and the Agricultural Water Advisory Committee in October 2010. Staff also provided information related to the 2010 UWMP to the District's Water Resources Stakeholder Review Committee (SRC) in January and April 2011. The SRC is an advisory committee comprised of representatives from cities, the county, retailers, advocacy groups, and other organizations such as the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Santa Clara County Farm Bureau and Silicon Valley Leadership Group. The purpose of the SRC is to provide input and receive information from staff on long-term water resource planning projects.

The public hearing for the District's 2010 UWMP was opened on April 12, 2011. The Board closed the public hearing and adopted 2010 UWMP on May 24, 2011.

Related Documents

For questions related to the 2010 UWMP, contact James O’Brien at (408)265-2607, ext. 2443.

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