Silicon Valley’s Watershed Moment

The region’s ambitious plan to recycle wastewater and restore the environment

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The San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility is the largest operation of its kind in the western United States.

“This aging infrastructure is really what keeps Silicon Valley going. Our businesses and our residents can’t grow and move forward if wastewater isn’t treated.”

The site is larger than both San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and New York City’s Central Park.

Above: Site area plan (left) and existing wastewater facility area (right)
While reducing the wastewater facility’s footprint, the master plan dedicates more than 1,800 acres to the restoration of natural habitats. Image © SOM
Photos © SOM

“We’re providing places for nature to flourish again.”

Image © Hargreaves Associates
Image © Hargreaves Associates

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