Update: Santa Clara County voters said yes to Measure S, providing enhanced drinking water security for millions of South Bay residents and protecting people from the next disaster that hits the Bay Area, including droughts, earthquakes, wildfires, and landslides.
Measure S required a 2/3 majority to pass and Santa Clara County residents made it clear that they want to invest in water resources with over 75% of voters saying yes to S!
Measure S will provide enhanced drinking water security for millions of South Bay residents. It will make sure that Santa Clara County residents are better protected from the next disaster that hits the Bay Area, including droughts, earthquakes, wildfires, and landslides.
Climate change poses a major threat to our water supply and we need to do more to prepare for future generations. Santa Clara County’s Measure S does just that. Specifically, Measure S renews and builds upon the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s existing Safe, Clean Water Program special parcel tax of about $67 per home that voters approved overwhelmingly by 74 percent in 2012.
Without raising taxes, the measure will fund natural solutions to improve flood protection, rehabilitate wildlife habitat, and protect creeks and the Bay from trash and other pollution. For upgrading aging water lines and dams, a key priority is a retrofit of Anderson Dam to safely withstand a large earthquake and ensure a reliable water supply for drinking, preventing floods, and battling wildfires.
Additionally, ongoing funding will help disadvantaged communities through flood protection, pollution prevention, community beautification, and access to safe, clean water to better ensure equity and environmental justice for our most vulnerable neighborhoods.