The water district serves two-thirds of Los Altos Hills and unincorporated Santa Clara County with water from the…More Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in the Sierra Nevada. The city of San Francisco, which owns the reservoir and the distribution, sells that water to the Purissima Hills Water District. The district grew from about 350 customers when it was founded in 1955 to more than 6,400 in 2010.
Most of the water district's customers are single family households, but the largest customer is Foothill College. The district itself has not been under mandatory water rationing the way many districts have, but the city of San Francisco has asked for a 10 percent voluntary reduction from all of its water district customers. Long-needed infrastructural improvements to the nearly 100-year-old system will result in rate increases in the near future.
The five-member water district board is elected and meets at 6:30pm every second Wednesday of the month.
At 8.4 square miles, Los Altos Hills is the smallest incorporated town in the state, but its town hall is among the…More smartest. Where else can you check the output of the Town Hall solar panels at any point in time?
The latest Town Hall design was the product of a design competition. It was built in 2005, using the latest in solar and energy technology. Maintaining a tie to the town's history, the building is designed to show off a heritage oak. Orchard trees--apricot and prune--are planted behind the solar panels. Farm equipment, laid out underneath the panels, complete the homage to the town's farming history.
The Purissima Hills Water District shares its parking lot.
The City Council meets at 7:30pm on the third Thursday of every month. The Planning Commission meets at 7pm on the first Thursday of every month.