April 26, 2018

Meet a Resilient Business: San Jose Water

San Jose Water (SJW) has been delivering safe drinking water to Bay Area families and communities for more than 150 years. SJW is committed to supporting the economic vitality, safety, and health of all of the communities it serves through its commitment to delivering the safest, highest quality drinking water available.

Replacing critical water system components like tanks and pipes is just one of the many challenges facing water systems today. Others include water supply availability, increasingly stringent water quality compliance requirements, and declining usage.

SJW is not sitting back waiting to react. Instead, it has many resiliency efforts well underway. Some examples include:

  • Emergency Fuel Planning (EFP): Ensures generators — essential to keep pumps running and water moving through its system — are operational. One of the few water utilities in the nation to have an EFP, ensuring accurate estimates of fuel reserves and pinpointing where fuel will be needed under emergency situations
  • Truck Upgrades: Doubling fuel capacity for many trucks so they can remain in the field longer to complete critical repair work.
  • Water Tank Upgrades: Ensures tanks are more resilient during an earthquake.
  • Pipe Replacement: All mains and pipes are being replaced at a rate of 24 miles per year, to ensure the most modern, resilient infrastructure is in place.
  • Close Monitoring of Dams: Annual inspections at a minimum and frequent seismic analyses in the event of a disaster.
  • Coordination with Santa Clara Valley Water District: Strong partnership to ensure water supplies are available for future disaster recovery efforts.

In addition to the above initiatives, SJW is also:

  • Categorizing all generators for the Army Corp of Engineers (ACE), allowing for orders to be placed through ACE in the event of a disaster.
  • Standardizing generator connection through the Bay Area Emergency Security Information Collaborative (BAESIC), ensuring generators can easily be shared between regional utilities.
  • Assisting Santa Clara County with the establishment of a Fuel Sector Specific Position (Fuel Desk) in the Op Area.
  • Working with the California Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA) to establish a fuel Mutual Assistance Network, enabling fuel resources to be brought in from outside the affected area in a disaster.

Thanks to San Jose Water for all you have done, and continue to do, to be a resilient business.