Press Release # 390

Subj: OOG: SARI Line HB Townhall Meeting 3-31-04
Date: 3/20/2004 2:57:19 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Jon V3
To: Jon V3
Dear OOG (Ocean Outfall Group):

Below is a notice of the townhall meeting being held at HB City Hall on March 31, 6:30 PM for the SAWPA SARI line project. As you may recall, this project is designed to route the SARI line discharge around the OCSD sewage treatment plant to be dumped directly into the ocean outfall off Huntington Beach. The SARI Line contains brine (salt) from inland desalters, as well as industrial discharges and dairy farm waste. The question is why is it being proposed to divert it around the OCSD treatment plant, or should it go through the treatment plant like it is now doing and eventually reclaim more of the water, while getting rid of the toxics in the discharge and finding a use for the salt. SAWPA wants to divert it around the treatment plant because it is cheaper to the industrial dischargers and dairy farms to pay for treatment at OCSD, while the cost to build the extra SARI Line is very expensive to the public. See the Notice below for more details.

Jan Vandersloot (949) 548-6326

 

NEWS RELEASE

CONTACTS:
Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
Daniel Cozad, Deputy General Manager
(909) 354-4243 dcozad@sawpa.org
Rich Haller, Program Manager
(909) 354-4240 rhaller@sawpa.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SANTA ANA WATERSHED PROJECT AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT TOWN HALL MEETING MARCH 31st

The Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) will conduct a Town Hall Meeting regarding the Santa Ana Regional Interceptor (SARI) System Enhancements Program Wednesday, March 31st, 6:30 PM at the Huntington Beach City Hall, 2000 Main Street. The SARI Enhancements Program, which is at the conceptual stage of development, would separate "brine" flows from domestic wastewater, for discharge to an ocean outfall. The concept, if implemented, would install a new "brine-only" pipeline through Orange County, and treat waters prior to discharge into the brine line or reroute certain non-brine discharges to traditional domestic wastewater treatment plants in the Upper Santa Ana River area.

The Town Hall Meeting will begin at 6:30 PM with a short presentation followed by a question and answer period. The meeting is being conducted in Huntington Beach because of general interest in ocean quality and outfall issues. SAWPA seeks to inform the public about the concept, answer questions and receive public input. Issues and concerns identified will be logged for evaluation and inclusion in future program studies and incorporated into a future CEQA process, if the project moves forward.

The SARI, in its existing configuration of over 90 miles of pipeline, transports "brine" and wastewater from Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties to Orange County Sanitation District's (OCSD's) Regional Treatment Plant No. 1, or No. 2. Initial segments of the SARI were constructed in 1975, with the most recent segment (Reach V) completed in 2002.

Town Hall Meeting
SARI System Enhancements Program
Wednesday, March 31, 2004, 6:30 PM
Huntington Beach City Hall, Room B-8
2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach

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The Study is the preliminary evaluation of the feasibility for segregating brine flows from domestic wastewater, and discharging the brine flows to an ocean outfall. The concept considers installation of a new "brine-only" pipeline through Orange County. Treatment of waters prior to discharge into the brine line or rerouting certain non-brine discharges to traditional domestic wastewater treatment plants in the Upper Santa Ana River area would also be required. The Study is intended to evaluate the benefits of a brine-only pipeline in all three counties such as, reuse of additional non-brine flows, re-allocation of existing Orange County pipeline and treatment plant capacities, and reduction in disposal costs for brine-only discharges which meet ocean discharge water quality requirements. The Feasibility Study will address outfall options, regulatory issues, upper SARI dischargers additional treatment, brine line alignment and sizing, cost model, and implementation planning.

Background
The Santa Ana Regional Interceptor (SARI) in its current configuration of over 90 miles of pipeline, transports "brine" and wastewater from Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties to Orange County Sanitation District's (OCSD's) Regional Treatment Plant No. 1, or No. 2. Initial segments of the SARI were constructed in 1975, with the most recent segment (Reach V) completed in 2002.

The SARI is an important regional water quality asset because it prevents water containing salts (also termed "brine") from being discharged into the Santa Ana River, which would then percolate into Orange County's groundwater basin. The "brine" contained in the SARI, which is significantly less salty than ocean water, comes mostly from desalter plants operated to remove salt from existing groundwater, making the treated water available for use. One example is the Arlington Desalter which removes salt from water extracted from the Arlington Groundwater Basin and delivers the treated water to the City of Norco and the Orange County Water District (OCWD) for percolation into Orange County's groundwater basin. In order to reduce the watershed's reliance on imported State Project and Colorado River water, to remove salts from the groundwater basins, and to ultimately achieve a "salt balance" in the watershed, a number of additional desalters are under construction, or planned for the near future. For further background information on the existing SARI and salt imbalance in the watershed, see the SARI Planning Study and the Water Resources Plan posted to SAWPA's website at www.sawpa.org/iwp

For more information on SAWPA and its five members agencies, see SAWPA's website at www.sawpa.org SAWPA staff contact: Rich Haller, (909) 354-4240, rhaller@sawpa.org

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