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Protecting the Bay for a Sustainable Future

 

Have you ever wondered where used water (“wastewater”) goes after it leaves your home? Did you know that it eventually reaches the San Francisco Bay? It first travels through a series of sewer pipes and pumps called a sewer collection system and then gets treated at the Wastewater Treatment Plant before it is safe to flow into the Bay.

The Clean Water Program is a comprehensive plan to upgrade the aging wastewater collection and treatment system with advanced infrastructure that will provide reliable services for years to come. The Wastewater Treatment Plant components of the Clean Water Program are a joint effort between the City of San Mateo and City of Foster City/Estero Municipal Improvement District (EMID). The City of Foster City is a partial owner of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Goals of the Clean Water Program are to:

 

Replace aging infrastructure and facilities

Build wet weather sewer system capacity assurance to prevent overflows

Meet current and future regulatory requirements

Align with the City of San Mateo and Foster City's sustainability goals

Read Wastewater: The Basics to learn all about San Mateo’s sewer collection system and Wastewater Treatment Plant!

 

 

Latest Info

 

February 1 Community Meeting about Proposed Sewer Rate Increases and Restructuring

On February 1, 2018, the Clean Water Program hosted a community meeting to provide information about the multi-year capital improvement program that will upgrade our sanitary sewer system and improve the wastewater treatment plant to prevent pollution, comply with regulations, improve service, and protect public health and the environment. The meeting also provided information about proposed sewer rate restructuring and increases that are necessary to help fund these vital improvements. The same information was presented at community meetings on November 29 and 30, 2017. Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation.

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CWP Presentation to Public Works Commission on January 10, 2018

On January 10, CWP staff presented at the Public Works Commission. The presentation included information about the proposed sewer rate restructuring and increase plan to fund capital improvements of the wastewater treatment plant and associated infrastructure.

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The proposed rate increases and restructuring will allow the City to generate a reliable source of revenue needed to meet increased regulatory requirements; increase system capacity to prevent system overflows and protect human and environmental health; rehabilitate, upgrade, and replace aging infrastructure; and keep revenues aligned with the costs of providing reliable wastewater service. Click here to view the presentation.

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March 5 – CWP to Present at Study Session for Public Works Commission

The upcoming wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) upgrade and expansion project includes construction of new treatment facilities including primary clarifiers, headworks, and secondary treatment facilities. Due to the complexity of the project, the high volume of construction work expected in the Bay Area, and to ensure collaboration and partnership among all parties during construction, in May 2016 the City Council endorsed the use of a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) delivery approach.

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Sundt Construction, Inc. was selected as the CMAR and awarded a pre-construction services contract in January 2017. These services include items such as cost estimating, constructability reviews, value engineering recommendations, construction scheduling, and development of the Guaranteed Maximum Price for construction.

At the study session, the Clean Water Program staff will provide an update on the status of the CMAR contract and progress toward the WWTP upgrade and expansion project.

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February 20 and March 5: Upcoming Meetings on Proposed Sewer Rate Increases and Restructuring

As part of the proposed rate increase and restructuring this year, the ordinance pertaining to the proposal will be introduced at the City Council meeting on February 20. The ordinance is on the consent calendar, meaning that no presentation will be given. Time will be available for public comments for items on the consent calendar.

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The public review and comment period is open until March 5. At its March 5 meeting, the City Council will conduct a Public Hearing to vote on the proposed rate increases and restructuring. There will be an opportunity for public comments. Additionally, the meeting is the last opportunity to submit written protests.

If approved, the rate increases will become effective on July 1 for fiscal years 2018-2018 through 2022-2023.

The proposed rate increases and restructuring will allow the City to generate a reliable source of revenue needed to meet increased regulatory requirements; increase system capacity to prevent system overflows and protect human and environmental health; rehabilitate, upgrade, and replace aging infrastructure; and keep revenues aligned with the costs of providing reliable wastewater service.

Property owners can submit a written protest to the proposed increase to the sewer rates. However, only one protest will be counted per parcel. Each protest must (1) be in writing; (2) state that the identified property owner opposes the proposed increases to the sewer rates; (3) identify the parcel for which the protest is made (by assessor’s parcel number or street address); and (4) include the signature of the property owner. Protests submitted by e-mail, facsimile, or other electronic means will not be counted. Written protests may be submitted by mail to the City Clerk at 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403 or at the public hearing, so long as the protests are received before the public hearing ends. Please identify on the envelope for any written protest, whether mailed or submitted in person to the City Clerk, that the enclosed written protest is for the Public Hearing on the Proposed Sewer Rate Increase.
 
During the March 5 hearing, the City Council will hear all public testimony and consider all written protests. At the end of the  hearing, the City Council will decide whether to adopt the proposed sewer rates. Oral comments at the hearing will not qualify as formal protests unless accompanied by a written protest, but the City welcomes your input. If, at the end of the  hearing, written protests against the proposed increases to the sewer rates are not presented by a majority of affected property owners of the identified parcels, the City Council will be authorized to adopt the rates.

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City To Conduct Pile Driving Testing in Early 2018

The City of San Mateo is designing a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) upgrade. To refine the design, the City needs to drive a small number of test piles to obtain data about construction site conditions. The construction test will be conducted near the intersection of 3rd Ave and Detroit Drive, at the parcel north of the existing WWTP. This work is part of a multi-year program to upgrade the WWTP to improve service and comply with regulatory requirements to protect the environment and public health.

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Between mid-January and late February, pile driving will occur between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm; other work will meet work hours identified in the City Municipal Code. The surrounding neighborhood may hear this work intermittently. 

You can view the notification mailer here. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Program hotline at (650) 727-6870.

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January 2 Sewer Rate Restructuring and Increase Presentation

On January 2, 2018, Clean Water Program (CWP) staff requested approval of, and permission to mail, the Proposition 218 Notice, announcing proposed sewer rate increases and restructuring plan required to fund continued operation and upgrades of the sanitary sewer system.

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The upgrades proposed for the sewer system are necessary to rehabilitate or replace aging infrastructure, increase system capacity, and address increased regulatory environmental requirements and potential health issues associated with sewer overflows. You can view the PowerPoint presentation here or view the video here.

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Third Community Meeting about Proposed Sewer Rate Increases and Restructuring

San Mateo residents are invited to attend an upcoming community meeting to learn about the Clean Water Program being implemented by the City of San Mateo Public Works Department. The meeting will provide information about the multi-year capital improvement program that will upgrade our sanitary sewer system and improve the wastewater treatment plant to prevent pollution, comply with regulations, improve service, and protect public health and the environment. The meeting will also provide information about proposed sewer rate restructuring and increases that are necessary to help fund these vital improvements.

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The same information was presented at community meetings on November 29 and 30, 2017.

Sewer Rate Community Meeting
Thursday, February 1, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers
330 W. 20th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403

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Clean Water Program to Present at Public Works Commission on January 10, 2018

The first City of San Mateo Public Works Commission meeting of 2018 will be held on January 10. CWP staff will present information about the proposed rate restructuring and increase plan to fund capital improvements of the wastewater treatment plant and associated infrastructure.

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The proposed rate increases and restructuring will allow the City to generate a reliable source of revenue needed to meet increased regulatory requirements; increase system capacity to prevent system overflows and protect human and environmental health; rehabilitate, upgrade, and replace aging infrastructure; and keep revenues aligned with the costs of providing reliable wastewater service.

Following the presentation, CWP staff will ask the Public Works Commissioners to recommend adoption of the rate increases and restructuring plan to City Council. The public is invited to attend to gain additional insight into the rate proposal; however, a formal public question and answer session is not planned. Residents will have opportunities to ask questions and provide comments at an additional community meeting to be held on February 1, 2018.

Public Works Commission Meeting
Wednesday, January 10, 2018; 7:00 pm
City Hall Council Chambers
330 W. 20th Ave
San Mateo, CA 94403

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Clean Water Program to Present at City Council on Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The first City Council meeting of 2018 will be held on January 2, 2018. Clean Water Program (CWP) staff will request approval of, and permission to mail, the Proposition 218 Notice, announcing the sewer rate increases and restructuring plan required to fund continued operation and upgrades of the sanitary sewer system.

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The proposed rate increases and restructuring were presented at community meetings held on November 29 and 30, 2017, and public comment and feedback received at that time will be included as part of the presentation to City Council. 

The upgrades proposed for the sewer system are necessary to rehabilitate or replace aging infrastructure, increase system capacity, and address increased regulatory environmental requirements and potential health issues associated with sewer overflows.

City Council Meeting
Tuesday, January 2, 2018; 7:00 pm
City Hall Council Chambers
330 W. 20th Ave
San Mateo, CA 94403

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Community Meetings on Proposed Sewer Rate Increases

On November 29 and 30, the Clean Water Program hosted two community meetings to provide an update on the program and to discuss proposed rate increases. To see the presentation that was given at the meetings, please click here.

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November 9: Sustainability Commission Update

The CWP provided a general program presentation to the Sustainability Commission at its November 9 meeting. The presentation included an update about how the program incorporates sustainability efforts in the following areas: the City’s Climate Action Plan, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification, Envision system metrics, and progress on recycled water study and water reuse options.

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October 12 and 17, 2017, Neighborhood Meetings About Upcoming Sewer Pipeline Condition Assessments

On October 12 and 17, the Clean Water Program staff held neighborhood meetings to inform residents about upcoming sewer pipeline condition assessments. These assessments are part of a pilot project intended to help determine the best approaches to sewer repairs and rehabilitation. The assessments will take place in the Marina Lagoon and southern Shoreview Parkside neighborhoods and are expected to begin in November 2017. View the presentation here.

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October 16, 2017, Study Session on Clean Water Program Financial Planning and Rate Adjustments

The study session featured a presentation on the financial planning for the Clean Water Program and proposals for rate restructuring and adjustments. The study session video is available here.

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August 8, 2017, Study Session on the Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade and Expansion Project

The study session featured a presentation on the status of the planned upgrade and expansion of the treatment plant on a preliminary basis. The Clean Water Program is in the process of applying for a special use permit for this project from the City, and this session also provided an update on that permitting process.

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City Council Selects Location for In-System Storage Facility

San Mateo’s existing wastewater system capacity is insufficient to address the wet weather flows that occur in the winter months and lead to sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). To address this issue, a comprehensive approach to improve capacity involving an underground, in-system storage facility upstream of the WWTP is planned.

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On July 17, 2017, the City Council selected the San Mateo County Event Center for the location of the underground storage facility. The Event Center is near where the most SSOs have historically occurred, near the intersection of S. Delaware Street and 25th Ave. Project. The northeast corner of the property, where the RV Storage Lot is located, will be used for the facility.

This storage facility will be capable of temporarily storing approximately 5 million gallons of wastewater during heavy rains. During these conditions, flows will divert from the sewer pipes to the storage facility to prevent overflows from occurring. After a storm subsides, and generally within 24 hours, wastewater in the facility will be pumped back into the collection system pipes and conveyed to the wastewater treatment plant.

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

Feb
20
Tue
Sewer Rate Ordinance Introduction at City Council Meeting @ City Hall - City Council Chambers
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm

 

As part of the proposed rate increase and restructuring this year, the ordinance pertaining to the proposal will be introduced at the City Council meeting on February 20. The ordinance is on the consent calendar, meaning that no presentation will be given. Time will be available for public comments for items on the consent calendar.

The public review and comment period is open until March 5. At its March 5 meeting, the City Council will conduct a Public Hearing to vote on the proposed rate increases and restructuring. There will be an opportunity for public comments. Additionally, the meeting is the last opportunity to submit written protests.

If approved, the rate increases will become effective on July 1 for fiscal years 2018-2018 through 2022-2023.

The proposed rate increases and restructuring will allow the City to generate a reliable source of revenue needed to meet increased regulatory requirements; increase system capacity to prevent system overflows and protect human and environmental health; rehabilitate, upgrade, and replace aging infrastructure; and keep revenues aligned with the costs of providing reliable wastewater service.

Property owners can submit a written protest to the proposed increase to the sewer rates. However, only one protest will be counted per parcel. Each protest must (1) be in writing; (2) state that the identified property owner opposes the proposed increases to the sewer rates; (3) identify the parcel for which the protest is made (by assessor’s parcel number or street address); and (4) include the signature of the property owner. Protests submitted by e-mail, facsimile, or other electronic means will not be counted. Written protests may be submitted by mail to the City Clerk at 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403 or at the public hearing, so long as the protests are received before the public hearing ends. Please identify on the envelope for any written protest, whether mailed or submitted in person to the City Clerk, that the enclosed written protest is for the Public Hearing on the Proposed Sewer Rate Increase.

During the March 5 hearing, the City Council will hear all public testimony and consider all written protests. At the end of the  hearing, the City Council will decide whether to adopt the proposed sewer rates. Oral comments at the hearing will not qualify as formal protests unless accompanied by a written protest, but the City welcomes your input. If, at the end of the  hearing, written protests against the proposed increases to the sewer rates are not presented by a majority of affected property owners of the identified parcels, the City Council will be authorized to adopt the rates.

 

Mar
5
Mon
CMAR Presentation at City Council Study Session @ City Hall - City Council Chambers
Mar 5 @ 5:30 pm

 

The upcoming wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) upgrade and expansion project includes construction of new treatment facilities including primary clarifiers, headworks, and secondary treatment facilities. Due to the complexity of the project, the high volume of construction work expected in the Bay Area, and to ensure collaboration and partnership among all parties during construction, in May 2016 the City Council endorsed the use of a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) delivery approach.

Sundt Construction, Inc. was selected as the CMAR and awarded a pre-construction services contract in January 2017. These services include items such as cost estimating, constructability reviews, value engineering recommendations, construction scheduling, and development of the Guaranteed Maximum Price for construction.

At the study session, the Clean Water Program staff will provide an update on the status of the CMAR contract and progress toward the WWTP upgrade and expansion project.

 

City Council Public Hearing on Sewer Rate Increases and Restructuring @ City Hall - City Council Chambers
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm

 

As part of the proposed rate increase and restructuring this year, the ordinance pertaining to the proposal will be introduced at the City Council meeting on February 20. The ordinance is on the consent calendar, meaning that no presentation will be given. Time will be available for public comments for items on the consent calendar.

The public review and comment period is open until March 5. At its March 5 meeting, the City Council will conduct a Public Hearing to vote on the proposed rate increases and restructuring. There will be an opportunity for public comments. Additionally, the meeting is the last opportunity to submit written protests.

If approved, the rate increases will become effective on July 1 for fiscal years 2018-2018 through 2022-2023.

The proposed rate increases and restructuring will allow the City to generate a reliable source of revenue needed to meet increased regulatory requirements; increase system capacity to prevent system overflows and protect human and environmental health; rehabilitate, upgrade, and replace aging infrastructure; and keep revenues aligned with the costs of providing reliable wastewater service.

Property owners can submit a written protest to the proposed increase to the sewer rates. However, only one protest will be counted per parcel. Each protest must (1) be in writing; (2) state that the identified property owner opposes the proposed increases to the sewer rates; (3) identify the parcel for which the protest is made (by assessor’s parcel number or street address); and (4) include the signature of the property owner. Protests submitted by e-mail, facsimile, or other electronic means will not be counted. Written protests may be submitted by mail to the City Clerk at 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403 or at the public hearing, so long as the protests are received before the public hearing ends. Please identify on the envelope for any written protest, whether mailed or submitted in person to the City Clerk, that the enclosed written protest is for the Public Hearing on the Proposed Sewer Rate Increase.

During the March 5 hearing, the City Council will hear all public testimony and consider all written protests. At the end of the  hearing, the City Council will decide whether to adopt the proposed sewer rates. Oral comments at the hearing will not qualify as formal protests unless accompanied by a written protest, but the City welcomes your input. If, at the end of the  hearing, written protests against the proposed increases to the sewer rates are not presented by a majority of affected property owners of the identified parcels, the City Council will be authorized to adopt the rates.