San Jose’s Water Rate Hike: Paying for Pipes before They Pop

San Jose Water Company proposed in 2012 to increase water rates nearly 40 percent over three years. A report on the proposed rate increase shows that, to a large degree, the project is tied to a a worthwhile expansion of our water recycling infrastructure.

San Jose Officials Plan Trip to Copenhagen, the ‘City of Cyclists’

San Jose officials want to travel to Copenhagen, which has branded itself the “City of Cyclists,” to study how the area has adapted to cyclists and pedestrians. That and more will be discussed at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

To Run or Not to Run: Examining Dennis Kennedy’s Pledge

A man is only as good as his word, and some South County farmers are putting Dennis Kennedy to the test. A comment Kennedy made last year about not running for re-election if appointed to the Santa Clara Valley Water District is now under close inspection.

Volunteers Pick up the Slack at Our Parks, Trails

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to volunteer leaders and a few hundred citizens who have been cleaning our creeks, clearing our trails and preserving our parks while the City Council debates how to allocate its limited resources.

The Drought-Proof Water Supply

Future droughts will become increasingly frequent and severe, according to climate predictions. Officials are so concerned about the current shortage that many are now looking for new sources of water, including the use of treated sewage discharge for—gulp—drinking water.

By the Numbers: Surviving the Drought

It’s been two decades since water officials have asked the public to cut back this much on water consumption. But with reservoirs at just a third of capacity and rain a rarity aside from the last couple weeks, the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) is asking residents to dial down water use by 20 percent.

Local Agencies to Launch New Habitat Conservation Plan

Agencies in Santa Clara Valley have finalized a sweeping conservation plan that will set out guidelines for development in exchange for preserving South Bay creeks, trails and open space. State, county and local agency leaders will meet Thursday morning at the Anderson Dam in Morgan Hill for a signing ceremony to launch the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan.

Santa Clara Valley Water District Divests from Fossil Fuels

The Santa Clara Valley Water District became the first water agency in the nation to join a movement to divest from fossil fuels, retracting investments from companies considered to contribute to climate change and harm the world’s water supply.