Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wastewater treatment equalization basin moves forward

Pacifica Tribune/Jane Northrop Staff Writer, 3/22/17. "Environment group loses basin appeal. Wastewater treatment equalization basin site approved despite opposition.
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You'll probably never see
the EQ underground bathtub.

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EQ basin will be under the
skateboard parking lot.
City Council upheld the planning commission’s decision to approve the location of the wastewater treatment department’s equalization basin despite a 21-point appeal and a lengthy public hearing last week. The vote was not unanimous, with Council Member Deirdre Martin voting against it to try and work out plans for an alternative location based on what the public speakers said at the appeal hearing.

The city is working to correct sewer spills due to overcapacity on the streets of Linda Mar. The work includes upgrading the pipes in the Linda Mar area, encouraging residents to get a new sewer lateral lines, and building this equalization basin to capture excess water and sewage during heavy storms.

If all these are not fixed by 2019, the city faces fines from the Bay Area Regional Water Quality Board. The city was sued in 2011 by a non-profit group, Our Children’s Earth, and the Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Board due to sewage spills hitting the ocean. A settlement was worked out in 2011 that includes the city making these improvements to the sewer system. ...."   Read more.

Reference, EQ basin approval, Planning Commission meeting, Monday, February 6, 2017, Public Hearings, Item 3, construct a 2.1 million gallon capacity equalization (EQ) basin. City Council meeting, Monday February 13, 2017, Item 4, Consent Calendar, Item 4, Freyer & Laureta, Inc. Engineering Design Services.  Related article.  Pacifica Tribune/Jane Northrop, 2/16/17, Planning Commission approves sewer equalization basin. Storm overflow system to be built underneath parking lot adjacent to skateboard park."  Related Appeal, Fix Pacifica reprint article City Council meeting 3/13/17, Public Hearing, Item 10.   

Note photograph/graphic. Pacifica Skate Park from Best Skate Parks, 540 Crespi Drive. Underground equalization structure graphic image image to the engineering company, Freyer Laureta, Inc.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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