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									                                                                                                                                    5750 ALMADEN EXPWY
                                                                                                                                    SAN JOSE, CA 95118-3686
                                                                                                                                                                    Important dates
                                                                                                                                    TELEPHONE (408) 265-2600        We encourage you to learn more about these important groundwater issues. In addition to the information available on our
                                                                                                                                    FACSIMILE (408) 266-0271        website at, there are also the following opportunities for you to gather information and provide input.
                                                                                                                                    AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
                                                                                                                                                                          South County
                                                                                                                                                                          March 16, 2011
                                                                                                                                    South County
February 25, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                          3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.                    Informational Open House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Contact Us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For more information, contact
                                                                                                                                                                          April 12, 2011                                                                        Mala Magill
Dear Well Owner, Operator or Property Owner:
                                                                                                                          How will                                        10:00 a.m.                                Public Hearing (opens)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (408) 265-2607, ext. 2000
This notice of cially opens the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s public process for setting
                                                                                                                          rates change?                                                                                                                         Darin Taylor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (408) 265-2607, ext. 3068

The rate-setting process includes a series of opportunities for the public to provide input                                                                               April 19, 2011                                                                        Visit our web site at
on the water district’s programs and services, including open house meetings in March                                        After three straight years                   7:00 p.m.                                 Public Hearing (continues)         to
and formal public hearings in April. The details of these meetings are listed in the                                         with no rate increase                                                                                                              use our Access Valley Water
Important Dates section of the notice. The rate-setting process also includes a formal                                       the water district is                                                                                                              online customer service center.
protest procedure by which well owners, operators and owners of land upon which a well                                       proposing up to a
is situated can object to the proposed change in rates. That procedure is explained in detail
                                                                                                                                                                          April 26, 2011
                                                                                                                             3.6 percent rate increase
on the About the Protest Procedure                                                                                           for groundwater, an                          10:00 a.m.                                Public Hearing (closes)
setting process closes on April 26, 2011.
                                                                                                                             average household
                                                                                                                             increase of $0.34
Our District Act provides that groundwater charges may be levied to further the protection
                                                                                                                             per month.                                    Last day to submit formal protests.
and augmentation of the water supplies as well as produce groundwater for bene cial use;
                                                                                                                                                                           See “About the protest procedure” for more details.
may be collected from all those within a zone who own or operate water producing wells                                       Agricultural water rates
whether currently active or not; and that groundwater production charge revenue may be                                       are proposed to increase
used to pay for and incur debt for the following:
                                                                                                                             up to 3.6 percent.
Water supplies
                                                                                                                             Current charges
  to replenish the groundwater basin                                                                                         2010/2011

                                                                                                                             Agricultural water
Water quality
                                                                                                                             All other water
  in ltrating the groundwater basin
                                                                                                                             Proposed charges
Infrastructure                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SOUTH COUNTY
  ponds and pump stations
                                                                                                                             Agricultural water
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Production Charges
  groundwater table
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Notice of Proposed
                                                                                                                             All other water
If you have questions or concerns about groundwater, this year’s rate-setting process,                                                                                                                                                                                 2011/2012
or have thoughts on how we can better serve you, I encourage you to join us at an
upcoming open house or public hearing, or visit our website,                                           *Effective July 2011

Sincerely,                                                                                                                  An acre-foot of water
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
                                                                                                                            is typically used by two                                                                                                                         FACSIMILE (408) 266-0271
                                                                                                                            families of ve in one year.                                                                                                                      TELEPHONE (408) 265-2600
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             SAN JOSE, CA 95118-3686
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             5750 ALMADEN EXPWY
Beau Goldie
Chief Executive Of cer                                                                                                                                                 Permit  No.  1231
                                                                                                                                                                        SAN  JOSE,  CA

           The mission of the District is a healthy, safe and enhanced quality of living in Santa Clara County through watershed stewardship and
                                                                                                                                                                     U.S.  POSTAGE  PAID
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    comprehensive management of water resources in a practical, cost-effective, and environmentally sensitive manner for current and future generations.
 2011/2012 | South County
 Frequently Asked Questions
Why increase rates now?                  How does the proposed rate compare with agencies statewide?
                                            Retail Agency Benchmarks | SOUTH COUNTY                                                                                                                                                                                                Want to learn
particularly in trying economic
of public funds very seriously and                                           Santa Barbara                                                                  $77.93
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Santa Clara Valley
                                                                                   Palo Alto                                                                $77.64                                                                                                                 Water District has
                                                                                 San Diego                                                             $71.78                                                                                                                      released its 40th Annual
 at since 2008, while many of our
                                                                Long Beach (Golden State)                                                             $71.56                                                                                                                       Report on the Protection
counterparts have seen double-digit                                                                                                                                          What’s included in water utility expenses?
                                                                     San Carlos (Cal Water)                                                        $68.25                                                                                                                          and Augmentation of
increases. We’ve continued our                                                San Francisco                                                      $64.91                                                                                                                            Water Supplies, which
managed approach to cost cutting                                 Mill Valley (Marin MWD)                                                     $60.62                                                                                                                                documents the water
to minimize the proposed increase.                                     Los Altos (Cal Water)                                            $57.19                               possible are:                                                                                         district’s efforts to ensure
The proposed increase is an                                 SJWC (with SCVWD increase)                                                  $56.01                                                                                                                                     a reliable water supply
                                                                                                                                                                                 Construction and maintenance crews, who replace and repair pipes and other
important step toward funding critical                                          Los Angeles                                            $55.97
                                                                                                                                                                                 infrastructure                                                                                    for Santa Clara County.
                                                            Livermore (Cal Water/Zone 7)                                               $55.49
capital program needs—including
                                                                           San Jose (SJWC)                                                                                       Technicians, who read and repair meters
Anderson Dam retro ts--so that the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The report presents
                                                                         Alameda (EBMUD)                                            $50.49                                       Engineers, who design and oversee systems and infrastructure                                      the basis for the
groundwater basin is recharged,
                                                                            Newport Beach                                           $49.99
and water continues to ow from                                                                                                                                                   Lab technicians and environmental analysts, who ensure the water quality meets state              recommended
                                                                                     Napa                                     $45.89                                             and federal regulations                                                                           groundwater production
your well.                                             Santa Clara (with SCVWD increase)                                    $42.79
                                                                               Santa Clara                                 $41.10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and is posted at
How has the water
                                                       Morgan Hill (with SCVWD increase)                         $29.50                                                          Water conservation specialists, who conduct water audits and administer rebate
district cut costs?                                                             Morgan Hill                   $29.16                  Estimated monthly                          and discount programs for water conservation devices
During the past three years the                                                 Sacramento                $24.28                      billing for 5 8" meter
                                                                                                                                                                                 Of ce staff, who answer billing and service-related questions
water district has reduced expenses                                                                       $23.20                      and 1,500 cubic
signi cantly. Speci cally, we:                              Gilroy (with SCVWD increase)                $21.52
                                                                                                                                      feet of usage.
                                                                                     Gilroy             $21.18
    Reduced 82 jobs districtwide,                                                                                                                                            Non-labor expenses include imported water costs, regulatory fees, energy to run all facilities, gasoline, and diesel
                                           South County well owner (FY 2011-12 proposed)*       $9.81
    including seven top management                                                                                                                                           fuel for emergency generators. We must also be prepared to install new pumps when old ones fail, and replace
                                                                 South County well owner*       $9.47
    jobs — nearly 10 percent of                                                                                                                                              aging or failing dams, pipelines and segments of our water transmission system to reliably convey raw water and
                                                                                               $0   $10     $20      $30      $40      $50       $60      $70    $80   $90
                                           *Non-agricultural water                                                                                                           recycled water.
    $12 million per year.
    Reduced overtime districtwide        How does the water district support agriculture?
    by 39 percent since 2008,                                                                                                                                                By the numbers
                                                                                                                                                                             Cost of one gallon
    saving about $1.4 million             Nearly half the water used in South County is for agriculture. Agriculture brings jobs
    per year.                             and dollars to the valley and provides the public with large areas of open space and
    Reduced temporary staf ng             access to locally-produced agricultural products. The water district’s actions to replenish
    costs by 29 percent since 2008,       the groundwater basin ensure that farmers have a reliable, stable water supply. Our
    saving over $1 million per year.      long-standing policy of including an open-space credit in the agricultural water rate
                                          structure provides local farmers with one of the lowest rates in California.
    Reduced approximately 69 eet
    vehicles since 2005, saving           District programs and services that help improve irrigation ef ciency include:
    roughly $280,000 per year.
    Deferred capital improvement
    projects to reduce borrowing,            scheduling data to reduce water use;
    and thus interest and principal
                                             more ef ciently irrigate crops;                                                                                                   WELL WATER              GASOLINE             MILK                  BOTTLED WATER       CAFE LATTE
    To leverage dollars, the district
                                                                                                                                                                                $ .001                 $ 3.75               $ 4.24                 $ 8.00             $ 52.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                          2.49-                3.79-                 1.43-                35.00-
    applied for and received grants
    worth $8.2 million.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Based on 2010 US prices.

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