A new, state of the art water treatment plant in San Jose is set to open in July.
The water treatment facility will turn waste water into higher-quality water that can be used for irrigation, landscaping and for cooling towers for the high-tech industry.
"We are going to use this facility as a demonstration project to show the public we can treat water to a level that is acceptable for drinking water purposes," said Crystal Yezman, operations unit manager at the Silicon Valley Water Purification Center.
The water set for treatment first goes through a micro-filtration process for bacteria removal. It then runs through a new, high-tech reverse osmosis process that eliminates salts and pharmaceuticals, officials said. The final step is ultra-violet disinfection, which inactivates any remaining viruses and bacteria.
"Our future will be relying on facilities like this to meet our water needs in Santa Clara County," said Jim Fielder of the Santa Clara Valley Water District.
The $70 million center will be able to process 8 million gallons of waste water a day, which will help reduce the region's reliability on imported water during a drought.