CA water district to carry out cost-saving changes to chloride compliance requirements
The State Water Resources Control Board has unanimously approved important technical changes to the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District's chloride (salt) compliance requirements.
SANTA CLARITA, CA, Dec. 29, 2014 -- On Tuesday, Dec. 16, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) unanimously approved important technical changes to the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) Sanitation District's chloride (salt) compliance requirements.
The changes will reduce costs to valley property owners and prevent steep and recurring state fines, state penalties and potential federal fines. State Water Board members commended the SCV Sanitation District and valley business and community leaders for their efforts to advance long-term water sustainability.
The SCV Sanitation District secured these changes as part of its commitment to build the least expensive and most environmentally sound project to meet the state-mandated chloride limit for the treated wastewater that is discharged to the Santa Clara River by the valley's two water reclamation plants. The changes include a four-year extension of the state's construction deadline and averaging of discharge limits.
The approved extension of the state's construction timeline would prevent state penalties that Santa Clarita Valley property owners would have to pay, because the four-year extension gives the SCV Sanitation District the time needed to design and construct the advanced treatment facilities necessary to remove chloride from the valley's treated wastewater. The averaging of discharge limits will reduce the cost of the proposed advanced treatment facilities.
"This project will give us a source of very high-quality recycled water that we can use to create local water sustainability in the Santa Clarita Valley and help reduce our dependence on expensive imported state water," said SCV Sanitation District Board Member Laurene Weste. "We will keep working to secure funding and reduce costs, and any savings will be passed on to our ratepayers."