Sewage violations expensive for SLO
October 18, 2011
San Luis Obispo city taxpayers will pick up the $57,130 tab for a series of sewage dumps into local creeks dating back to 2008.
The city violated water quality laws, according to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Roger Briggs. The amount represents a negotiated settlement.
There were four specific spills from the city’s waste water collection system, Briggs wrote in a statement Tuesday: Sept. 2008, 3,000 gallons reached San Luis Obispo Creek; Feb. 2009, 30,000 gallons reached Orcutt Creek; March 2009, 9,000 gallons were spilled into Old Garden Creek; and Jan. 2010, 1,000 gallons were spilled into Stenner Creek.
The water board regulates waste water collection and treatment systems at dozens of municipalities and industrial facilities throughout the central coast area. It is responsible for protecting and restoring water quality in the 300 mile coastal region from southern San Mateo and Santa Clara counties to the northern part of Ventura County.