Fun Stuff

Employee Spotlight: Madeline Ramirez

Madeline at her desk

Brimming with a warm and friendly disposition, Distribution Systems (DS) clerk Madeline Ramirez has been an invaluable member of both DS and previously the Customer Service department since 2004. Beyond her reputation as a hard worker and team player, colleagues know her as “the cat lady,” a term of endearment she owns proudly.

Pipes: San Jose Water's Buried Treasure

Closeup of cast iron pipe piece from 1892

Anyone who has dropped by an open house or other SJW-sponsored event may have noticed an assortment of pipe parts that we keep on display to educate visitors. These are part of a collection belonging to Jim Wollbrinck, Manager of Security and Business Resiliency at SJW.

SJW’s Dave Wilson Digs Heavy Metal… In More Ways Than One

side by side of Dave at work and Dave performing in a show

By day, Dave Wilson is a skilled locator for the Distribution Systems department at SJW. This involves visiting various sites around the service area to let contractors know where our facilities are located underground, using a metal detector.

Your Guide to Water-Wise Gardening Year-Round

Even following a season of heavy rainfall, California will always be susceptible to drought, so selecting plants that can withstand inevitable dry spells will always be critical. Whether you’re a veteran green thumb or a gardening first-timer, you don’t need to worry! At San Jose Water, we’ve pulled together all the best tips and resources to help you become a water-wise gardening pro.

2019 Water Awareness Night with the San Jose Giants

Water Awareness Night Ring Toss Game

It’s time once again for San Jose Water’s premier community event, our 18th annual Water Awareness Night with the San Jose Giants. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, May 17th as the Giants do battle with the Lake Elsinore Storm. The game begins at 7:00 PM at San Jose Municipal Stadium. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Using GIS to Improve Service for our Community

San Jose Water (SJW) has been serving the South Bay Area for over 150 years, and during that time, a lot has changed in the way of water infrastructure technology. Earlier this year, the Montevina Water Treatment Facility was reopened after receiving significant upgrades, including new ultrafiltration technology.

Sheet Mulching 101

Sheet mulching is an easy, affordable, and aesthetically-pleasing way to get rid of your water-hogging lawn once and for all. The layers of cardboard, compost, and mulch prevent weeds from growing, provide nutrients for the plants you want, and prevent the topsoil from drying out. Read on to find a simple step-by-step guide to sheet mulching.

 

Water Wise Breweries in California

Water is everywhere. We use it daily and it’s the key ingredient in making almost everything that we use. If you are a regular reader of our blog, you know that everyday objects such as paper, gasoline, shoes, t-shirts, phones, and jeans require a surprising amount of water to manufacture. It probably doesn’t surprise you to know that making beer also requires a lot of water. For breweries, water is everything.

Join San Jose Water at Water Appreciation Night!

Did you know that about 95% of the water entering our homes goes down the drain? This can be attributed to leaving the tap on while brushing your teeth, over-watering plants, or using leaky faucets. Regardless, it is important to become more involved in reducing our water usage, as water is a limited resource that shouldn’t be taken for granted.