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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

 

Community Meetings on Proposed Sewer Rate Restructuring and Increases

San Mateo residents are invited to attend either of two community meetings. The first takes place on Wednesday, November 29 in the Oak Room of the San Mateo Main Library (55 W. 3rd Ave.) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The second is scheduled for Thursday, November 30, in Council Chambers at San Mateo City Hall (330 West 20th Ave.) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The meetings are an opportunity for residents to learn about the Clean Water Program and the sewer rate restructuring and increases that are necessary to fund this multi-year capital improvement program for the City’s wastewater collection and treatment system.  The proposed rate restructuring will change San Mateo’s current volume-only-based rate to a hybrid rate featuring a fixed fee component and a volume-based component. Rate increases spanning the next five years will be proposed to City Council in early 2018 and are anticipated to be in the range of approximately 10 to 14 percent annually. The changes would apply to both residential and commercial users. The Council is tentatively expected to vote on the rate proposal in March 2018.

The meetings will start promptly with a formal presentation and time for questions, followed by an open house with information stations. The same information will be presented at both meetings.

The Clean Water Program is a multi-year capital improvement program that will upgrade our sanitary sewer system and the wastewater treatment plant to improve service, align with the City’s sustainability goals, and comply with regulatory requirements to protect the environment and public health for years to come.

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Third Neighborhood Meeting Added for Marina Lagoon and Shoreview Parkside Residents

Curious about the upcoming sewer condition assessment activities and what they mean for your neighborhood? Join us for an informational meeting on November 16 at 7 p.m. Details 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.

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

 

Nov
29
Wed
Upcoming Community Meetings about Proposed Sewer Rate Restructuring and Increases @ San Mateo Central Library, Oak Room
Nov 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

San Mateo residents are invited to attend either of two community meetings to learn about the Clean Water Program being implemented by the City of San Mateo Public Works Department. This multi-year capital improvement program will upgrade our sanitary sewer system and improve the wastewater treatment plant to prevent pollution, comply with regulations, improve service, and protect the environment and public health for years to come.

These meetings will provide information about proposed sewer rate restructuring and increases that are needed to help fund these necessary improvements in our city’s vital infrastructure. The same information will be presented at both meetings.

Nov
30
Thu
Upcoming Community Meetings about Proposed Sewer Rate Restructuring and Increases @ City Hall - City Council Chambers
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

San Mateo residents are invited to attend either of two community meetings to learn about the Clean Water Program being implemented by the City of San Mateo Public Works Department. This multi-year capital improvement program will upgrade our sanitary sewer system and improve the wastewater treatment plant to prevent pollution, comply with regulations, improve service, and protect the environment and public health for years to come.

These meetings will provide information about proposed sewer rate restructuring and increases that are needed to help fund these necessary improvements in our city’s vital infrastructure. The same information will be presented at both meetings.