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Running dry: Reservoirs serving Valley Water reach historic lows

Original post made on Sep 2, 2021

Extreme drought conditions have caused the Santa Clara Valley Water District's reservoirs to drop to just 12.5% of capacity, the water district said in an Aug. 25 statement.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 2, 2021, 1:01 PM

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Posted by just_jay
a resident of Shoreline West
on Sep 2, 2021 at 8:50 pm

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I agree on the seriousness of the problem, but this article adds zero value to discussion. Of course the April photos look great -- that's when water levels are always at their peak. Then we use water all summer with no rain, until about November when reservoirs start to fill up again. Any April-to-August comparison will always look horrific. How about showing us an August-to-August comparison? (The fault is partially with the reporting for not asking tougher questions and likely mostly falls on the Water District for putting out such misleading info.)

Posted by Brian
a resident of Shoreline West
on Sep 3, 2021 at 11:06 am

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So, given the current conditions, is work on the Anderson Reservoir being expedited? It sure would be great if money voters approved in 2014 to increase water storage capacity would actually be put to use.

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Posted by interested citizen
a resident of another community
on Sep 4, 2021 at 11:43 am

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The reason that Anderson (the largest reservoir) is empty has nothing to do with the drought. The Anderson Dam needs a seismic retrofit. That need was determined before 2012 and is according to the water district still in the planning process (Web Link It is hard to imagine that the water district has made this project a top priority.

Posted by Old Steve
a resident of Rex Manor
on Sep 7, 2021 at 2:24 pm

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Re Anderson:

Valleywater's website updates progress on Anderson. Many environmental issues, many agencies involved in project approval. First phase, a new outlet tunnel, in recently under construction.

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