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Wastewater Treatment & Collection System

Division Info

Calera Creek Water Recycling Plant
700 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacifica, CA 94044
T: 650-738-4660
F: 650-355-7256

Louis C. Sun, P.E.
Deputy Director of Public Works / Wastewater

Office Hours - CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 
Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Closed on Holidays

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat, The Calera Creek Water Recycling Plant is closed to the general public until further notice.  Please call 650-738-4660 with any wastewater questions or concerns. 

 


COVID-19

TO ALL CITY OF PACIFICA RESIDENTS- 

Department of Public Works appreciates your concerns and suggestions, and we appreciate your support for Essential Workers during this challenging time.   The modern wastewater treatment plant and treatment process safe guards the public against spread of disease causing bacteria and viruses such as Typhoid, Cholera, Dysentery, Polio, Hepatitis, and now COVID-19.  Please rest assured that the rules and codes developed by the Clean Water Act, EPA, CA State Water Resource Control Board, San Mateo County Health, and the City of Pacifica will prevent the contamination of drinking water and food supplies and protect wastewater workers.  According to the latest guidelines from the  United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),  wastewater workers with potential occupational exposures to COVID-19 does not require special precautions beyond those already used to protect workers from the hazards they encounter during their routine job tasks in solid waste and wastewater management.  Below is a link to OSHA website:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/controlprevention.html

WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS

This section provides guidance for solid waste and wastewater management workers and employers. This guidance supplements the general, interim guidance for U.S. workers and employers of workers with potential occupational exposures to COVID-19, above.

Generally, management of waste that is suspected or known to contain or be contaminated with COVID-19 does not require special precautions beyond those already used to protect workers from the hazards they encounter during their routine job tasks in solid waste and wastewater management.

Some state, local, tribal and/or territorial health or environmental department(s) may have different or additional requirements for managing solid waste and wastewater.

MUNICIPAL WASTE

Workers and employers should manage municipal (e.g., household, business) solid waste with potential or known COVID-19 contamination like any other non-contaminated municipal waste.

Use typical engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices, and PPE, such as puncture-resistant gloves and face and eye protection, to prevent worker exposure to the waste streams (or types of wastes), including any contaminants in the materials, they manage. Such measures can help protect workers from sharps and other items that can cause injuries or exposures to infectious materials.

 

PLEASE DO NOT FLUSH DISINFECTANT WIPES OR PAPER TOWELS DOWN THE TOILET!

Flushing wipes, paper towels and similar products down toilets will clog sewers and cause backups and overflows at wastewater treatment facilities, creating an additional public health risk in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.  Even wipes labeled “flushable” will clog pipes and interfere with sewage collection and treatment throughout the state.

Wipes are among the leading causes of sewer system backups, impacting sewer system and treatment plant pumps and treatment systems. Many spills go to our lakes, rivers, and oceans where they have broad ranging impacts on public-health and the environment. Preventing sewer spills is important, especially during this COVID-19 emergency, for the protection of public health and the environment!  Below are links to the California Water Environment Website-

http://cweawaternews.org/public-advised-to-not-flush-disinfecting-wipes-paper-towels-down-toilet-throw-them-away-instead/

http://cweawaternews.org/wipes-makers-release-new-flushibility-guidelines/

 

Thank you for your continued support of our Essential Workers!  Please ensure your safety and the safety of others!

City of Pacifica Public Works Department – Wastewater

 






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