Wastewater pipeline to ocean approved - Port Hueneme
- Wastewater pipeline to ocean approved
Treated sewage will be carried from Moorpark and Simi plants out to sea
By Rachel McGrath Correspondent
Friday, February 20, 2009
The Calleguas Municipal Water District on Wednesday night unanimously
approved construction of a pipeline to discharge treated wastewater
into the ocean off Port Hueneme as part of major project to increase
the reliability of Ventura County’s water supply.
The district’s board of directors awarded a contract for the $14.3
million ocean outfall as part of the district’s Salinity Management
“We’re one of the few major areas that doesn’t have an ocean outfall,
and it’s desperately needed by this county,” board president Ted
Grandsen said Thursday.
The Calleguas Municipal Water District supplies water to city water
departments and local water retailers in about 75 percent of Ventura
County including the cities of Oxnard, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks,
Moorpark and Simi Valley.
Half of the funding needed for the construction of the ocean outfall
will come from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the state of
California through Proposition 50 grants, district officials said.
The outfall is a vital part of a larger project that, to date, has
cost the water district $30 million and will eventually create a
pipeline that runs from the ocean all the way to Simi Valley. The
project, which has been under discussion for several years, received
unanimous approval last year from the California Coastal Commission.
The pipeline will carry highly treated wastewater from municipal
sewage plants in Simi Valley and Moorpark to the ocean with diffusers
and turnouts along the way that will allow municipal and agricultural
customers to use the treated water for irrigation. It will also lessen
the amount of effluent discharged into local waterways and allow
existing groundwater to be treated to make it safe for use by
“It actually is the single biggest step we’ve been able to take
towards self-reliance in terms of being able to produce our own water
from groundwater,” said Don Kendall, the general manager of the
Calleguas district. “The groundwater will be treated to make it
potable and could provide up to 30 percent of our water.”
The ocean outfall will take an estimated two years to complete and
will be carried out by Seattle-based Manson Construction.
The 48-inch pipeline will run underground along Hueneme Road and
Surfside Drive to Port Hueneme Beach Park. There it will connect to a
30-inch line that will go underneath the sand to emerge beyond the
surf line and discharge its contents into 48 feet of water.
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