Occidental County Sanitation District
Proposed Sewer Lateral Ordinance For Occidental County Sanitation District
The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) will hold a series of community meetings to discuss a proposed sewer lateral ordinance aimed at preventing sewer overflows that occur during heavy rains. The ordinance would apply to the Russian River and Occidental County Sanitation Districts, and the Airport/Larkfield/Wikiup, Geyserville, and Sea Ranch Sanitation Zones, all of which are operated by the Water Agency.
The ordinance would provide the Water Agency with the ability to inspect, and if necessary, require the repair of sewer laterals that are failing and contributing to pollution and sewer overflows. The proposed ordinance will NOT require any point-of-sale sewer lateral inspections or repairs. The proposed ordinance would not include a mandatory inspections program, but if faulty laterals are detected during routine inspections, the Water Agency could require repairs. An inspection could also be required if a main sewer line that is connected to the lateral is being replaced or rehabilitated. The ordinance is proposed in five sanitation zones and districts the Water Agency manages in Sonoma County.
The proposed ordinance is intended to reduce "inflow and infiltration," the process through which storm water enters the sewer collection system during storms. During a heavy rain, storm water from cracked or improperly connected private laterals can overwhelm the sanitary system, resulting in sewer overflows. These overflows pollute creeks, can damage private property, and result in fines to the zone or district. To gather input on the proposed ordinance, the Water Agency will host three community meetings to share additional information and discuss community concerns. Read more ...
Occidental County Sanitation District to Airport-Larkfield-Wikiup Sanitation Zone Wastewater Transport Project
In December 2017, the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency), which operates the Occidental County Sanitation District’s (District) Wastewater Treatment Facility, approved a project for transporting untreated wastewater from the OCSD to the Airport-Larkfield-Wikiup Sanitation Zone (ALWSZ) for treatment, storage, and reuse to avoid future discharges into Dutch Bill Creek and potential violations of the District’s operating permit.
The Project, which is currently under construction, will allow the Occidental County Sanitation District (District) to comply with conditions set forth by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board in Order No. R1-2012-0101 (Order). This order requires the OCSD to cease discharging secondary treated recycled water to Dutch Bill Creek by January 31, 2018. The Project includes transporting untreated wastewater to the ALWSZ wastewater treatment facility for treatment, storage, and disposal. The ALWSZ wastewater treatment facility currently treats wastewater to secondary and tertiary standards and utilizes irrigation of agricultural lands for disposal of secondary and tertiary-treated recycled water.
Past Project Proposals (These proposals are no longer being considered)
Occidental County Sanitation District Sewer Wastewater Compliance Transport Project
The Occidental County Sanitation District Sewer Wastewater Compliance Transport Project proposed Occidental’s wastewater be transported, treated and discharged at treatment plants near Guerneville and Airport Business Park by making minor modifications to the District's wastewater treatment facility on Lu Dan Road, lift station on Bohemian Highway, and the Russian River County Sanitation District's main lift station and an adjacent parcel of land.
The Project was needed to bring the District into compliance with the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board's law to protect the habitat for endangered coho salmon that live in the watershed where recycled water is discharged.
A Draft Initial Study/Negative Declaration (IS/ND), in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, was released on December 21. A public hearing was held on February 16, at 6 p.m. at the Monte Rio Community Center. Comments made at the Public Hearing were recorded.
Occidental Wastewater Treatment Facility Recycled Water Project
The Occidental County Sanitation District conducted a study for the Occidental Wastewater Treatment Facility Recycled Water Project to upgrade the treatment plant and change how the recycled water is managed. The Initial Study is a preliminary analysis of the project’s potential environmental impacts, and is used to determine whether a Negative Declaration or an Environmental Impact Report will be prepared. The Project proposes beneficially re-using recycled water for agricultural irrigation on farms near the District. California has among the strictest laws on recycled water in the United States. Disinfected tertiary treated recycled water can be used for everything except drinking. Learn more about recycled water. To learn more about the District and the proposed project, please see the following documents:
- Notice of Preparation of an Initial Study for the OCSD Recycled Water Project
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Project
- Project Timeline and Information
- District expenses, by major category, for last three fiscal years
- Press Release 12/23/14: "Scoping Meeting for Occidental County Sanitation District Recycled Water Solutions"
- Agenda for January 8th public meeting for OCSD Recycled Water Solutions.
- Alternatives Analysis
Occidental Storage Pond and Recycled Water Project
Please note that the Occidental Storage Pond and Recycled Water Project is no longer being considered for construction. This project web page is being provided for background informational purposes only.
The Occidental County Sanitation District’s (District) regularly holds community meetings to inform, educate and seek input from ratepayers and surrounding residents on possible solutions for treating, storing, and disposing of wastewater generated in Occidental. The District currently discharges recycled water into a pond located at the headwaters of Dutch Bill Creek during the summer and to Dutch Bill Creek during the winter. The District is required by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board to stop releasing recycled water into the pond. The District is currently examining feasible projects that meet the unique requirements of Occidental.
Materials from the February 16, 2017 Meeting:
A public hearing was held February 16, at the Monte Rio Community Center.
Materials from January 7, 2016 Meeting:
A public meeting was held on Thursday, January 7, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Union Hotel. The purpose of the meeting is to review a recently completed alternative’s analysis of treatment options.
Materials from January 8, 2015 Meeting:
Materials from September 30, 2014 Meeting:
Materials from March 13, 2014 Meeting:
Materials from October 24, 2013 Meeting:
About the District
- Began Operation: 1950
- Service area: 55 acres
- Service recipients: 264 Equivalent Single-Family Dwelling
- Treatment level: Secondary
- Design capacity: 50,000 gallons per day (average daily dry weather flow)
- Discharge: Between May 15 and September 30 the recycled water is irrigated on private property. Between October 1 and May 14 recycled water is discharged into Dutch Bill Creek.
- Board of Directors: The Water Agency's Board of Directors act as the District's Board.
- Private Building Lateral Replacement Program
- Private building laterals are the pipes that lead from homes or businesses to the sewer main. Eligible ratepayers in the district can have their private building lateral pipes replaced for free.
- Sanitation District High-Efficiency Direct Install Program
- A limited number of high-efficiency fixture retrofits are available at no cost through participating water and sanitation service providers.
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