Sewage Remedy May Cost Less", Nov. 4, 2001, by Jim Hinch, in the OC Register, using OCSD's own figures.
But maybe, just maybe, doing things the right way will be even cheaper than that. After all, 700 acre feet per day of water now used as cheap slurry to dump fecal solids on the Ocean would, if treated, be worth $70,000 at the well-water rate, $320,000 at the MWD rate, or $1,400,000 at the GWRS projected rate of $2,000 per af. This huge waste every single day cannot long endure.
Since OCSD's total Operations and Maintenance budget (salaries, equipment, chemicals, etc.) is only about $60m, another $30,000,000 per year worth of water (at $140/af) would be a LARGE sum of money to gain.
cost estimates bandied about seem to change from week to week, and sometimes
seem little more than fuel for the OCSD struggle to keep the waiver. But
the only waiver backers, so far, are OCSD and those they pay, like Scott
Baugh, Burt Jones and Stanley Grant./Doug
message brought to you by Orange County Sanitation District "A letter
from the Orange County Sanitation District, dated June 25 was sent to
you with incorrect information. Please accept my sincerest apology and
see the accurate information below. "In the third paragraph the first
line states incorrectly that additional treatment will require a 50% increase
in sewer fees. This information is based on information prior to the updated
Strategic Plan. The updated information shows residential fees lower.
The increase in sewer fees for additional treatment will
So, on average over 15 years, residents will see an increase of $16 per year per household. All other information in that paragraph, and in the rest of the letter, is correct. You will be receiving another letter from us in the next week to provide you more information about the scientific studies conducted during the summer of 2001 and about the upcoming decision by the board of directors. In the meantime, if you have questions, please call me or e-mail me.
Thank you for your interest.
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