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San Jose, California, USA
San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant
700 Los Esteros Rd.
San Jose, California, 95134

Contact Information:
Telephone:  (408) 945-5300

Plant Operation: Municipal

Processing: Wastewater

Web site:

Plant/Process Description:
The San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant is one of the largest advanced wastewater treatment facilities in California. It treats and cleans the wastewater of over 1,500,000 people that live and work in the 300-square mile area encompassing San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Saratoga, and Monte Sereno.

The Water Pollution Control Plant has the capacity to treat 167,000,000 gallons of wastewater per day. It is located in Alviso, at the southernmost tip of the San Francisco Bay. Originally constructed in 1956, the Plant had the capacity to treat 36,000,000 gallons of water per day and only provided primary treatment. In 1964, the Plant added a secondary treatment process to its system. In 1979, the Plant upgraded its wastewater treatment process to an advanced, tertiary system.

Wastewater from sinks, toilets, and drains inside homes, businesses and schools in most of Santa Clara Valley travels through an underground pipe system, known as the sanitary sewer system, before it arrives for treatment at the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant. That journey can take up to 10 hours. About 18 hours later, 99% of the impurities have been removed through a highly sophisticated treatment process that simulates the way nature purifies water, but at a greatly accelerated rate.

Water is a limited resource in the earth's closed ecosystem. By treating wastewater, cleaner, fresh water is available for the continued needs of humans, animals, and plants. Treating wastewater protects human health from pathogenic bacteria such as typhoid, cholera, dysentery, polio, and hepatitis. Wastewater treatment also prevents oxygen depletion in the water supply and prevents odors.

Most of the final treated water from the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant is discharged as fresh water through Artesian Slough and into South San Francisco Bay. About 10% is recycled through South Bay Water Recycling pipelines for landscaping, agricultural irrigation, and industrial needs around the South Bay.
City of San Jose
Web site:  http://www.sanjoseca.gov/
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City of San Jose
Web site:  http://www.sanjoseca.gov/

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