North Coast water regulators are taking another run at a comprehensive program to prevent bacterial contamination of the Russian River, one that includes provisions likely to have significant impacts for thousands of homeowners dependent on aging septic systems.
Los Angeles has big, big plans for revitalizing an 11-mile stretch of the [Los Angeles] river over the next several years, at a price tag that began at $1 billion and soon bumped up to an estimated $1.6 billion. But is the water clean enough for recreational use, or to be a draw for people to live or work along the banks of what amounts to a drainage ditch for urban storm runoff and treated sewage?
Federal water-quality officials on Thursday released a list of actions taken in recent years to stop wastewater from flowing from Mexico into the San Diego region, a little more than a week after the city of Imperial Beach threatened a lawsuit.
Kern County has decided to end its decade-long legal battle to defend a voter-approved ban on the land application of treated sewage sludge, settling with the City of Los Angeles. That means the death of Measure E.
When local officials in Washington declared war on “fatbergs” — floating white clumps of flushed wet wipes that were clogging the district’s sewage system — they ran into a familiar obstacle: Congress. … City officials complain that many wipes marketed as “flushable” end up damaging the district’s sewers, putting workers at risk and resulting in higher maintenance costs.
Federal and state water-quality regulators have cleared the way for the city of San Diego to avoid costly upgrades to an outdated wastewater treatment plant, as long as local officials continue to pursue a $3 billion water recycling program.
From the San Jose Mercury News, in a commentary by Richard Santos:
In the midst of exceptional drought conditions, a new, locally controlled, drought-proof water source for Silicon Valley could not have come at a better time. The Santa Clara Valley Water District, in partnership with the cities of San Jose and Santa Clara, is celebrating the completion of the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center.
The most radical “green” features of the City of San Jose’s new Environmental Innovation Center are concealed behind two doors marked “Women” and “Men.” There, plopped between the other conventional stalls, are two “composting toilets,” the first ever installed in a California office building.
Sixty million gallons of wastewater are pulled from sewer pipes and into the Fresno municipal wastewater treatment plant every day. … The plant managers plan to treat to a higher level and disinfect the water so it can be used to irrigate schoolyards, golf courses, and cemeteries.
“The Ross Valley Sanitary District has known for a long time that its sewer system is old and failing. … In addition, the district has been slapped with costly fines by the state San Francisco Bay Water Regional Quality Control Board, the agency assigned to stem pollution.”
“The California State Water Resources Control Board says the new rules were created in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s drought declaration in January. The board says now there are more streamlined rules around the production and use of recycled water for irrigation.”
“Concerned about plans to develop a former sewer treatment site and the capacity of the current treatment plant, Marin residents urged the Ross Valley Sanitary District on Wednesday to oppose Larkspur’s draft housing and business development proposal.”
“Last year, the Antioch couple learned they were being charged for Delta Diablo Sanitation District sewer service despite never being connected to the district’s system. Their home, built in 1980, is on a septic tank.”