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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!

Please visit the Underground Flow Equalization System page for important information on this phase of the Clean Water Program.

 

 

Latest Info

 

Underground Flow Equalization System – Neighborhood Update, May 21

On May 21, Clean Water Program staff hosted a neighborhood meeting to update residents about the Underground Flow Equalization System and the draft environmental impact report for this project. The meeting featured a presentation and a Q&A session. The presentation can be viewed here.

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Clean Water Program Neighborhood Meeting, May 2

On May 2, Clean Water Program staff hosted a neighborhood meeting to update residents about upcoming work to upgrade and expand the wastewater treatment plant. The meeting featured a presentation and a Q&A session. The presentation can be viewed here.

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Underground Flow Equalization System Project – Extension of Draft EIR Public Comment Period & New Community Meeting

The City of San Mateo has extended the public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Underground Flow Equalization System Project (a proposed solution to lower the risk of sewer overflows during heavy storms).

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The comment period will now run through May 31, 2019. Written comments should be addressed to San Mateo Public Works Engineering, 330 W. 20th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403, Attn: Clean Water Program, or emailed to info@CleanWaterProgramSanMateo.org.

**Initial notices included an incorrect email address. If you previously submitted comments to Heather Waldrop, please resubmit them to info@CleanWaterProgramSanMateo.org.**

Written comments should be received by 5:00 p.m. on May 31, 2019.

The report is available for public download at here. Hard copies are also available at City Hall, the San Mateo Main Library, and the Hillsdale Branch of the San Mateo Public Library.

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Community Meeting at 7:00 pm on May 21

On May 21, the Clean Water Program will host a community meeting about the Underground Flow Equalization System Draft Environmental Impact Report, with time for questions and answers.

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The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the San Mateo County Event Center, Event Pavilion. Enter at 1346 Saratoga Dr. Park near Gate 8, follow signage to Event Pavilion. Parking is complimentary.

Map of San Mateo Event Center

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Public Review and Comment Period on Environmental Report Extended

The City prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) to review the potential environmental impacts associated with the Underground Flow Equalization System Project (UFES Project). Prior to preparing the Draft EIR, the City conducted a 40-day public scoping effort to solicit comments on the scope of the EIR. More information about the UFES Project can be found here.

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The Draft EIR is now available for public review and comment through May 31, 2019.

A digital copy of the Draft EIR is available for download at the links provided below. Hard copies are available for viewing at the following locations:

  • City Hall, 330 West 20th Avenue
  • San Mateo Main Library, 55 West 3rd Avenue
  • Hillsdale Branch – San Mateo Public Library, 205 W. Hillsdale Boulevard

Please send your comments to:

City of San Mateo Public Works Engineering 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403, Attention: Clean Water Program, or emailed to info@CleanWaterProgramSanMateo.org.

If you previously submitted comments to Heather Waldrop, please kindly re-send them to info@cleanwaterprogramsanmateo.org.

 

 


 

Upcoming Events

 

Jun
12
Tue
Planning Commission Hearing on Special Use Permit @ City Hall - City Council Chambers
Jun 12 @ 7:30 pm

The Planning Commission meeting will include a public hearing about the application for a Special Use Permit for the planned wastewater treatment plant upgrade and expansion project. The Commission will then vote on its recommendation to the City Council. The wastewater treatment plant project includes changes to the existing facility, and construction of new facilities adjacent to the existing site. Some of the older facilities at the existing treatment plant will be removed or re-purposed. The project includes a pedestrian path around the treatment plant from Dale Avenue to John Lee Dog Park, modifications to the existing landscaping along East 3rd Avenue, and closure of a portion of Detroit Drive.

Jul
16
Mon
City Council Hearing on Special Use Permit @ City Hall - City Council Chambers
Jul 16 @ 7:00 pm

The City Council meeting will include a public hearing on the Special Use Permit discussed earlier at the June 12 Planning Commission meeting. The City Council will vote on the approval of the Special Use Permit at this meeting. The City Council will also vote on the approval of an addendum to the Program Environmental Impact Report.

Aug
8
Wed
Construction Symposium/Upcoming Opportunities @ City Hall - City Council Chambers
Aug 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The City of San Mateo Clean Water Program invites potential construction bidders, construction management consultants, labor compliance firms, safety management consultants, specialty inspection firms, and companies specializing in materials testing and laboratory services that may be interested in responding to upcoming opportunities under the City of San Mateo’s Clean Water Program.

Symposium topics will include the following: 

  • Overview of the Clean Water Program
  • Discussion of upcoming Requests for Proposals for professional services
  • Overview of Construction Contract Bid Packages for the wastewater collection system and treatment plant
  • Procurement schedule for professional services and construction bid advertisements

Please RSVP to Chris Bessa at chris.bessa@jacobs.com.

For more information, please email or call Chris Bessa at chris.bessa@jacobs.com, 510-387-5498.

Aug
21
Tue
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade and Expansion Informational Meeting @ Parkside Elementary, LGI Room
Aug 21 @ 6:00 pm

The Clean Water Program will be hosting a neighborhood meeting to update residents about upcoming work to upgrade and expand the wastewater treatment plant. You can download a meeting flyer for more information.

Oct
2
Tue
Public Scoping Meeting for the Underground Flow Equalization System @ City Hall - City Council Chambers
Oct 2 @ 6:00 pm

The Clean Water Program will host a public meeting to provide information and receive public input on the Underground Flow Equalization System project – formerly called the In-System Storage Facility.

The Underground Flow Equalization System helps eliminate the potential for sanitary sewer overflows during extreme storms and is part of the City’s Clean Water Program, a 10-year effort to improve and repair the aging sewer collection and treatment system.

In compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, the City is preparing an Environmental Impact Report and is seeking public input on what factors to study. The October 2, 2018 meeting is one way for the public to learn more about the Underground Flow Equalization System project and provide input that the city will consider during preparation of the EIR. During storms, rainwater enters the sewer system through cracks and other defects. The amount of rainwater can overwhelm the system’s current capacity, resulting in overflows at the wastewater treatment plant and at locations around the city, such as manholes. These overflows containing a mixture of rainwater and untreated sewage are a danger to human health and the environment because they contaminate streets, creeks, lagoons, beaches and the San Francisco Bay.

The approximately 5-million gallon underground holding structure is proposed to be located in the eastern portion of the San Mateo County Event Center parking lot off Saratoga Drive. This location was selected by the City Council in 2017 after a lengthy series of public meetings and hearings. When the sewer system becomes overwhelmed during heavy rains, the facility will serve as a temporary holding area, generally for 24 hours or less, until the mixture of rainwater and sewage can be treated at the plant. This allows the wastewater treatment plant to “catch up” with the high flows. The structure will also include advanced odor control features, such as air-tight vaults and carbon filters, as well as mechanisms to flush and clean the structure. The design of the project is sixty percent complete, and more details about construction schedule and cost will be released when they are available.

Please click here for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.

All comments must be submitted by October 22, 2018.
Comments also can be submitted via email to heather.waldrop@jacobs.com or regular mail:
City of San Mateo
Clean Water Program
Attention: Heather Waldrop
330 W. 20th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403

Feb
19
Tue
City Council Study Session @ City Hall - Conference Room C
Feb 19 @ 5:30 pm

The Clean Water Program will provide a program update to City Council. As part of this update, staff will share information on the status of the collection system and WWTP design projects, schedule of construction activities, overview of the financial strategies adopted to fund the program, and mitigation efforts taken to address the current competitive market conditions.

Mar
26
Tue
Planning Commission Public Hearing on Wastewater Treatment Plant @ City Hall - City Council Chambers
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm

Planning Commission Public Hearing on Wastewater Treatment Plant Planning Application Modifications.

Apr
9
Tue
Planning Commission Study Session and Public Hearing @ City Hall - City Council Chambers
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm

Planning Commission Study Session and Public Hearing on Underground Flow Equalization System project and Draft Environmental Impact Report.

Apr
15
Mon
City Council Public Hearing on Wastewater Treatment Plant @ City Hall - City Council Chambers
Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm

City Council Public Hearing on Wastewater Treatment Plant Planning Application Modifications.

Apr
25
Thu
Sewer Lateral Ordinance Community Meeting @ Senior Center
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

For more information, click here.