By Marcos Gutierrez

The Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center has truly become an international “glocal” (think globally, act locally) icon.

In early June 2018, 45 national award-winning senior engineers and managers from water utilities of all sizes across Brazil visited the purification center in San José.

This facility takes secondary-treated wastewater and purifies it to a very high quality by using microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet disinfection technologies. This visit was part of the Brazilian Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering’s (BASE) annual international trip. BASE conducted a study-tour and technical exchange on wastewater treatment, water reuse, automation and productivity in Northern California.

This is the 21st year that the association has conducted an international tour, and the first time the group will have its entire program in the United States. By all accounts, the purification center was the highlight of their week-long stay in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“The amazing chain of automated technologies in delivering recycled purified water was pretty impressive and have taught us unforgettable lessons. We are grateful and proud as well, in being invited to this tour and in tasting the actual purified water output from the facility,” said Carlos Schauff, a technical consultant from Brazil.

The delegates from Brazil presented the Santa Clara Valley Water District with a plaque commemorating the great work the plant is doing.

The Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center is the largest of its kind in Northern California. The future of water is happening now in Santa Clara County, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District is setting the pace as a source for clean, safe, reliable water.

Later this summer, the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center will also host a tour for delegations from Korea and Singapore. You too can take a free tour of the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center. Just visit our web site at http://www.purewater4u.org to register for a public tour.

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