Water & Sewer
Don't Take Water For Granted
Amina Ahmad, a sixth-grader at Marshall Pomeroy Elementary School,
was a winner in the Bay Area Water Users Association Water Awareness
Poster Contest. Her poster is featured in the association's 2001
City of Milpitas Water Conservation
and Urban Runoff Hotline: (408)
City of San Jose Distribution
Santa Clara Valley Water
Water & Sewer Utility Rates
2006/2007 rates became effective
for utility bills issued on or after August 7, 2006
read on or after July 24, 2006.
Watersheds are nature's way of dividing up the landscape.
A watershed is the land area that catches rain or other runoff
and drains to specific wetlands, streams, rivers, and reservoirs.
Runoff from every home or business ultimately makes its way to
a creek or channel. That's why everyone somehow contributes to
flooding even if it happens miles away. Creeks and street water
in Milpitas flow into the Coyote Creek and then into the San
Adopt A Creek
This program offers citizen participation in creek cleaning projects
within Santa Clara County. Helping with this program is a great
way for schools, community organizations and private companies
to demonstrate their concern about the environment. Santa Clara
Valley Water District.
The county's largest watershed, it extends from the urbanized valley floor upward to the vast natural areas of the Mt. Hamilton range. Coyote Creek, its main waterway, is the longest creek in the county.
Floodprone Areas of Santa Clara County
Map showing areas of Milpitas and other Silicon Valley areas
which have in the past been flooded. Many flood control systems
have been installed, but if you are considering buying a home
in these areas, do a thorough check first.
Hetch Hetchy Photos
From before the dam was built. This group would like to restore the valley.
Liquid gold: California's Water Supply
The Water Resources Center Archives is pleased to present an
exhibit featuring unique historical and contemporary photographs,
documents, maps, and books showcasing several aspects of California's
Penitencia Water Treatment Plant
This plant typically serves an area from Milpitas in the north to Aborn Road in the south, supplying safe drinking water to 270,000 residential and commercial users.
Salt Pond Restoration Project
This project will result in large-scale restoration of wetlands
from the San Mateo Bridge to southern edge of San Francisco Bay.
On February 2, 2004, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission changed its water disinfectant from chlorine to chloramine to comply with water regulations, and to result in a higher quality drinking water supply. Chloramines are now used instead of chlorine to protect our drinking water from harmful bacteria.
Water Quality Report: Consumer Confidence Report
The City of Milpitas is pleased to provide our customers with
pertinent information about the quality of our drinking water.
This annual water quality report tells you where our water comes
from, what our tests show about it, and what is in it.
Water & Sewer Bills
Automatic Payment Service
You can pay your water and waste services bill online; however,
it takes 6-8 weeks to process your request. You can set this
up in a day or so with your bank's online
service, but the City's service is free.
Water and Sewer Rates
The new volumetric water rates for bills due after July 1, 2012 are tabulated below. These rates are being adjusted to cover the increased cost of wholesale water.
Water conservation in the home
Are you concerned about high water bills and would like to use
less water? Want a rebate for installing low water usage toilet
or washing machine?
The San Francisco PUC, which draws its water from the Hetch-Hetchy
system in the Sierra, serves 2.4 million people in San Francisco
and 33 communities stretching from Milpitas and San Jose to Daly
City and the water district in southern Alameda County.
City of Milpitas Water Maintenance Services
Maintenance Services provides for the routine and emergency operation, maintenance, and repair of the City's water,
sewer, and storm systems and facilities.
City of Milpitas Water Supply Map
Map helps you determine whether you get Hetch Hetchy water (the best tasting), or SVPUC water (still great water!).
North County Water by-the-glass
Most of Milpitas does NOT get its water from the San Jose Water Company, but the story here of the land sinking and flooding from ground water pumping is interesting.
Water and Sewer Master Plans
The City of Milpitas is approaching buildout, and open spaces
are being converted to domestic and irrigation type uses, changing
diurnal flow patterns and water needs. In addition, redevelopment
of older industrial/commercial areas to high density residential
is being considered as part of the Midtown Specific Plan.
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Parts of Milpitas are supplied with water from SCVWD. Watershed
and flood control district primarily. Those in the quadrant west
of 880 and south of 237 get water through SCVWD.
Santa Clara Valley Water History
Really nice timeline of local and California history with an
emphasis of the attempts to control water resources.
S.F. Public Utilities Commission
Provides Milpitas with Hetch Hetchy water. (Note to newcomers:
Hetch Hetchy water is considered the finest!)
Hetch Hetchy Water & Power
Milpitas gets most of its drinking water through the San Francisco PUC. The Hetch Hetchy Project supplies water and power to the
City of San Francisco and surrounding Bay Area communities, and regulates stream flow in the Upper Tuolumne River, Cherry Creek, and Eleanor Creek.
San Jose / Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant
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.
San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant Video Tour
This is an interesting and educational facility to visit. It
is pertinent for general science students, biology students,
and chemistry students.
Urban Runoff & Pollution Prevention
of Public Water Systems in Which Arsenic Was Found in the 25
States Reporting Data
The City of Milpitas has provided information indicating that
the water used by the City of Milpitas has been consistently
below 2 parts per billion (ppb).
To protect surface water and ground water quality, urban development
and household activities must be guided by plans that limit runoff
and reduce pollutant loadings. EPA.
Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program
The Program's mission is to assist in the protection of beneficial
uses of receiving waters by preventing pollutants generated from
activities in urban service areas from entering runoff to the
maximum extent practicable.
Water is a precious resource and is an important necessity for
our health, the sustainability of the environment, and for the
livelihood of our businesses. Check here for rebates for high efficiency toilets and washing machines, and for free showerheads and aerators for faucets.