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Occidental Waste Water Facility Public Comment January 7


Occidental Waste Water Facility Public Comment January 7

The Sonoma County Water Agency, which operates the Occidental County Sanitation District’s (District) Wastewater Treatment Facility, is holding a community meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, January 7 to review sewer plant upgrade alternatives and to discuss the option of trucking the District’s effluent to nearby treatment plants.

Water Agency staff will discuss the results of an alternatives analysis conducted by the engineering firm Stantec Consulting, Inc. The analysis considered several different treatment processes and recommends a technology. Staff will also discuss the option of trucking the effluent created by the Occidental community to Russian River County Sanitation District and Airport-Larkfield-Wikiup Sanitation Zone treatment plants.

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. Dutch Bill Creek provides habitat for endangered coho salmon. An order by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board District requires the District to stop releasing recycled water into the pond by 2018.

Ratepayers in the District pay $1,998 per “equivalent single dwelling” annually, which ranks among the highest rates in the state. Through its general fund, the Water Agency subsidizes District operations by about $400,000 annually to prevent additional rate hikes. The District is currently examining feasible projects that will minimize rate increases while ending releases into the pond.

 The meeting agenda and other meeting materials, including the alternatives analysis, is posted online at

Thursday, January 7 at 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Union Hotel in Occidental, 3731 Main St., Occidental

Occidental Recycled Water Project