Frequently Asked Questions
How does the SSLOCSD ensure the safety of our water?
The District operates under permits issued by the State of California Regional Water Quality Control Board. These permits establish stringent requirements that the District must meet in terms of water quality for all wastewater that leaves the plant and enters the ocean. Rigorous testing is conducted that ranges from hourly testing to annual testing to confirm that the plant is meeting its discharge requirements. Monthly compliance reports are submitted to the Water Board confirming the plant’s performance. In fact a link to the Water Board’s site to review the District’s permits is available on the District’s website.
What is The District doing to prepare for the expected heavy rainfall and possible flooding from El Nino condition?
First of all we should point out that the District only receives water from a sanitary sewer system. This means that there should be very little, if any, storm water runoff that enters the sewer system that feeds the wastewater treatment plant. Simply stated, storm water should not have a significant impact on treatment plant flows when the sewers are properly sealed.
At the Plant we test our emergency equipment on a regular basis. For example, the emergency generator is test run two times each month and the emergency back up pump is test run twice a month. We have replaced three of the four headworks (influent)pumps within the past three years. Each of the new pumps have a pumping capacity of five million gallons per day(5 Mgd). We have rebuilt the pump section of the emergency back up generator. The pumping capacity for this pump is 10 Mgd. We have developed a valve exercise program to make sure that all plant valves work as needed. We have inspected the Plants on site collections system. We have tested all sump pumps.
In the sewer system we have inspected all of our manholes to ensure that they are properly sealed and secured. We have trained our Staff on Emergency Operational Procedures in the case of storms and flooding.
What has the District done to reduce costs?
The District has recently reevaluated it's procedures and processes. Over the last two years we have been able to reduce chemical cost by nearly 33%($100,000)annually, we have reduced WDR/SSMP administrative cost by over $140,000 annually, we have reduced District Administration cost by $70,000 annually, by installing a dual gas boiler we have reduced natural gas expenses by $24,000 annually, as a result of efficient safety practices our insurance premiums have been reduced, and we have reduced the cost of temporary labor by over $50,000. We have also installed VFDs on various pump motors for more efficient electrical usage.
Why was the District issued a Notice of Violation (N.O.V.) by the Water Board in July 2010?
The NOV focused on two main areas: (1) the need to better maintain and organize the required operational and maintenance documents, and (2) the District’s water sampling methodologies needed to be better documented to meet the Water Board’s requirements.
What is the District doing in response to the N.O.V.?
The District has been diligently working with the Water Board since May 2010 to resolve the issues raised in the N.O.V.
How do I obtain copies of records from the SSLOCSD?
Please note that complete Board agendas, minutes and staff reports are now posted on the District’s website. If you wish more specific information, please fill out the records request form that is posted on the District’s website. This will help District staff to meet your request in a timely manner.
How do I contact the District with questions or concerns?
Please contact Amy Simpson, District Secretary at (805) 481-6903, or John Clemons, District Administrator at (805) 489-6670 or email
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