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DATE: March 23, 2016 12:00:00 PM PDT

San José and Santa Clara to Hold Administrative Hearing Regarding Regional Wastewater Facility Capital Improvement Program to Resolve Contract Dispute

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For Immediate Release 
March 23, 2016 

Contact
Jennie Loft, Public Information Manager
Office phone: (408) 535-8554
Email: jennie.loft@sanjoseca.gov

San José and Santa Clara to Hold Administrative Hearing Regarding Regional Wastewater Facility Capital Improvement Program to Resolve Contract Dispute

 

Event &   Topic:  

City of San José and Santa Clara will hold an administrative hearing regarding the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility Capital Improvement Program to resolve claims brought on by its partners. The 10-year, $1.4 billion Capital Improvement Program addresses essential improvements to the facility that will make it more efficient, more reliable, and utilize new technology for better operations that protect the environment and southern San Francisco Bay.  

When:  

Thursday, March 24, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. Watch live on CivicCenter TV: www.sanjoseca.gov/CivicCenterTV

Where:  

San José Council Chambers, 200 East Santa Clara St., San José

Who:  

Members of the Treatment Plant Advisory Committee (TPAC), which is an advisory group to the City Councils of San José and Santa Clara, will hear from partner agencies and the Regional Wastewater Facility owners, the cities of San José and Santa Clara, to resolve a contract dispute.

Background:  

San José and Santa Clara adhered to the Master Agreement and rejected the agencies’ claims alleging a breach of contract under the respective Master Agreements for the Regional Wastewater Facility. For more information, here is a link to San José’s and Santa Clara’s legal response and related exhibits posted on the City’s website: www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=4995; San José's response in a news release; and details about the 10-year, $1.4 billion Capital Improvement Program: www.sanjoseca.gov/CIP

The San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility is the largest advanced wastewater treatment facility in the western United States. Operating around the clock since 1956, the RWF treats about 110 million gallons of wastewater daily that is then discharged into the waters of southern San Francisco Bay. The facility helps keep the Bay clean and supports a diverse ecosystem of birds, fish, and habitat. The RWF consistently meets 100 percent of its state and federal discharge permit requirements.

The Regional Wastewater Facility is jointly owned by the cities of San José and Santa Clara with the San José Environmental Services Department serving as the operator and administrator. It serves more than 1.4 million residents and over 17,000 businesses in eight Silicon Valley cities including San José, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Saratoga, and Monte Sereno.

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