Did you know the Santa Clara Valley Water District manages a system of 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three treatment plants, an advanced water purification center, a state-of-the-art water quality lab, 142 miles of pipeline systems, and nearly 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds? Join us for a private virtual group tour of the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center (SVAWPC) and an overview of the agency. Learn about the future plans for water reuse in our county.
Discover how the advanced processes of microfiltration, reverse osmosis and UV light disinfection produce advanced purified water. To protect our future and ensure a reliable water supply for Santa Clara County, Valley Water is expanding its water reuse efforts through recycled water technology that can provide millions of gallons per day of high quality, drought-resilient water to augment our drinking water supplies. Participants will learn about the advanced processes and technologies used to renew treated wastewater into advanced purified water that meets California's strict drinking water standards. Advanced purified water to replenish our groundwater supplies helps protect our future from the impacts of climate change and reoccurring droughts.
For nearly a century, Valley Water has been managing Santa Clara County's most precious resource. Through integrated and innovative water management, the agency has helped nourish what was once a valley of orchards to the thriving technology hub Silicon Valley is today. Just as decades have brought transformation to the region, Valley Water has had to evolve and modernize operations to continue providing Silicon Valley with safe, clean water for a healthy life, environment and economy. Valley Water is committed to ensuring a reliable water supply by investing in innovative technologies, pursuing water reuse opportunities, expanding water storage and reliability with regional partners and empowering the community to adopt conservation as a way of life.
The tour leader will be Dave Tucker. He has worked with Valley Water's Recycled and Purified Water Program since 2017, providing administrative and technical support to advance recycled water programs in Santa Clara County. He has over 30 years of experience developing and implementing water resource policies and programs, managing environmental, laboratory, research and water recycling initiatives. Mr. Tucker leads legislative, policy development and regulatory advocacy programs.
Dave Tucker possesses both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Environmental Science/Chemistry from the Florida Institute of Technology. Doctorial studies at Texas A&M University emphasized trace element analyses using Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) spectrometric techniques. Doctorial studies at Arizona State University emphasized empirical studies of theoretical instrument operating conditions of the ICP for trace metal analysis. Dave subsequently served as a Presidential Fellow at NASA's Ames Research Center working in the atmospheric and planetary sciences, studying particle interactions in space and atmospheric planetary evolution on Venus and Mars.
Attendance is free but requires pre-registration to get the Zoom link.
Tuesday, April 6
Free with registration
Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | [email protected]