Press Release # 372

Subj: OOG: SAWPA SARI Line Discussion HB Library Thursday, Feb 5 at 6:30 PM
Date: 2/2/2004 12:56:27 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Jon V3
To: Jon V3
Dear Ocean Outfall Group (OOG)

Note the following email below from Ray Hiemstra of Coastkeeper.

SAWPA stands for Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority. Here is its web site:


SARI stands for Santa Ana Regional Interceptor. The following is a description of the SARI Line at:

SARI Santa Ana Regional Intereceptor

"The SARI line, a regional brine line, is designed to convey 30 million gallons per day (MGD) of non-reclaimable wastewater from the upper Santa Ana River basin to the ocean for disposal, after treatment. The non-reclaimable wastewater consists of Desalter concentrate and industrial wastewater. Domestic wastewater is also received on a temporary basis. To date over 73 miles of the SARI line have been


completed. The most recent extension (23 miles in length), the Temescal Valley Regional Interceptor (TVRI) line (Reach V) was completed in 2002. The upstream extension (Reach IV D and IV E) was completed in 1995 to the City of San Bernardino Wastewater Treatment Plant. Reach IV A serves the Chino Basin area and Reach IV B serves the southwestern portion of the City of Riverside."

The notice from Coastkeeper refers to a new project being contemplated by SAWPA to build a new pipeline that would collect groundwater from inland and the Stringfellow Acid Pits superfund site, and route it around the OCSD treatment plant to the OCSD ocean outfall pipe so it would not have to receive secondary treatment at OCSD.

This new pipeline would have industrial waste, treated ground wastewater, discharge from dairy farms, and effluent from the Stringfellow site.

It's understandable that SAWPA wants to do this as a cheap way to get rid of salts in the wastewater and as favor to the industrial dischargers and the dairy industry, but I'm not convinced it is good for a clean ocean.

An alternative is to refine the salt byproducts, take out the toxics in the brine, and reclaim the salt and the water. SAWPA will say the alternative is to truck contaminated salt to a landfill, but even in that scenario, 30 mgd of water is reclaimed. It would seem a no-brainer to want an alternative to the proposed project, but that is something we all need to find more information about.

Please attend the meeting on Thursday to learn more about this project, and whether it would be something you would want to support. SAWPA has said they will listen to the public because it is very expensive.


Jan Vandersloot (949) 548-6326

Email message from Ray Heimstra of Coastkeeper:

Subj: SARI line presentation for H.B. Environmental Board
Date: 2/1/2004 11:22:17 AM Pacific Standard Time
Sent from the Internet (Details)

Hi Jan,

SAWPA will be giving a presentation on the SARI line to the Huntington Beach Environmental Board this Thursday the 5th of Feb at 6:30 PM in the Balboa Room of the Huntington Beach Main Library. The public is invited so if there is anyone in your group who has not seen the presentation yet and wishes to, this is a chance to catch it.

Ray Hiemstra
Project Coordinator
Orange County Coastkeeper

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