Our Santa Cruz Wastewater Treatment Facility provides quality of life service to the community while helping to reduce the City’s carbon footprint and protecting the environment as demonstrated in this public service announcement.
On May 14, 2019, the City Council approved a wastewater rate increase in order to maintain the Wastewater Treatment Facility and collections system. The considerations taken in determining the new rates along with the approved rates are detailed on the mailer that was sent to all City customers prior to the City Council public hearing.
The Santa Cruz Wastewater Treatment Facility is proud to have won 2013 Best in State Plant of the Year (Medium) and four 2017 California Water Environment Association-Monterey Bay Section awards: Overall Plant of the Year, Plant of the Year (Medium), Collections Person of the Year and Operator of the Year. We received second place for California Wastewater Environment Association 2017 Best in State Plant of the Year (Medium).
Santa Cruz Plant Honored as Best Wastewater Treatment Facility in California. This award honors exceptional California treatment plants and collection systems. It is based on a review of infrastructure, management practices and compliance records.
We have also been honored for our energy-saving achievements:
EPA Recognizes Santa Cruz Wastewater Treatment Facility for Its Green Power Accomplishments
The history and processes of the Wastewater Treatment Facility and our use of recycled wastewater are outlined in this presentation by Public Works Director Mark Dettle.
Purpose and Functions (37 Employees)
Organization chart [PDF]
Wastewater Treatment Facility
Operates and maintains a regional wastewater treatment and disposal facility. Wastewater treatment and ocean outfall disposal are provided for the City of Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz County Sanitation District (includes Live Oak, Capitola, Soquel and Aptos). Ocean outfall disposal is provided for the City of Scotts Valley.
Wastewater Source Control
Provides inspection, sampling and monitoring of business and industrial establishments to limit discharge of harmful constituents into the sanitary sewer system and storm drain system. Issues wastewater discharge permits to industrial discharges. Issues citations and levies fines for code violations. This program is a requirement of the State of California and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The City of Santa Cruz has been treating sewage at the wastewater treatment facility near Neary Lagoon and disposing of the effluent in the ocean since 1928. Treatment capacity has been expanded several times to accommodate the growth of the city and the addition of flows from the Santa Cruz County Sanitation District. The current rated design capacity is 17 MGD (millions of gallons per day) and with an average daily flow of less than 10 MGD. Design for wet weather flow is 81 MGD.
Major Accomplishments Over the Last 5 Years:
- WWTF Energy and Environmental Summary
- Completion of 50 Kw photovoltaic system
- Integration of 1.3 megawatt cogeneration system into facility power grid
- Implementation of staffing reorganization to optimize plant efficiency
- Adoption of revised Sewer Use Ordinance
- Adoption of Storm Water Ordinance
- Adoption of Extended Producers Responsibility Ordinance
|Water Pollution Control Facility Annual Reports|
|Pretreatment Program Annual Reports|
|2015 [PDF] Archives 2006-10|
Annual Dye Study Report 2016 [PDF]
Annual Dye Study Report 2013 [PDF]
Additional Reports are filed online at the Electronic Self-Monitoring Report website of the California Integrated Water Quality System. You can find the reports that have been filed at this web link:
Quarterly Public Tours
The treatment facility offers quarterly public tours on the following dates: Oct. 9, 2019; Feb. 12, 2020; June 10, 2020 and Oct.14, 2020. Tours begin promptly at 10 a.m. and last until noon, all tour attendees must be at least 10-years old as the facility includes high functioning, industrial process which is part of the city’s integral infrastructure.
To request to join a tour or for tour-related questions, please contact Wastewater Treatment Operator Amanda Bird at email@example.com or call the Operations Supervisor Dave Meyers at (831) 420-6293.
For more information contact:
Wastewater System Manager