Water Quality

At the Airport buildings are major users of potable water. As a result, the San Jose Airport is aiming for more efficient use of this limited resource.

The San Jose Airport uses recycled water for toilet flushing and landscaping, which consist of primarily native and drought tolerant plants to reduce water use.

Recycled water is treated and provided by South Bay Water Recycling (SBWR). A City agency with a network of over 100 miles of purple pipes throughout Santa Clara County.

Storm water is created when rain falls on hard surfaces and drains off of buildings, road surfaces, or other industrial materials. Storm water can carry pollutants like pesticides, paint, and oil through the storm drain system directly into local creeks and other bodies of water without filtration. By using preventative measures we reduce our impact upon local water sources.

Bordering the Guadalupe River it is important to act as environmental stewards. The Airport implements preventative measures to protect storm water by mimicing natural systems using native vegetation and surfaces that allow rainwater to be absorbed and recharge local groundwater.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
Spill Prevention and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC)

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