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A Leader in Clean Water and
Protecting the Environment

The Sanitation Districts have gained international recognition and won numerous awards for their many environmental and scientific innovations in both wastewater and solid waste management.

Water Reclamation and Reuse
2010 Facilities Plan
Industrial Wastes
Household Hazardous Waste Round-Ups
“No Drugs Down the Drain”
Green Power
CNG Fueling Facility
Marshland Mitigation Program
Educational Programs
Awards

Water Reclamation and Reuse
As the population in Los Angeles County grew after World War II, the Sanitation Districts realized that additional facilities and infrastructure (beyond tunnel and deep ocean disposal) would be needed to accommodate growth and continue to protect public health and the environment. The Sanitation Districts were also looking at ways to accommodate reclaiming and reusing wastewater.  A Plan for Water Reuse was published in 1963, calling for the Sanitation Districts to build facilities in areas that could collect high quality wastewater from primarily residential areas for reclamation and reuse. That eventually gave rise to the Sanitation Districts’ Water Reclamation Plants.

2010 Facilities Plan
A Facilities Plan was published in 1995, resulting in upgrades to the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant (JWPCP) that were completed in 2005. A new Facilities Plan, which would update the existing 2010 Plan, is needed to address aging infrastructure and look at the future wastewater management needs for the Joint Outfall System through the year 2050.

Industrial Wastes
The Sanitation Districts have developed a number of programs over the years to ensure that industries remove harmful materials from their wastewater before it is allowed to go into the sewer system.

The Sanitation Districts’ Industrial Waste Section has worked cooperatively with industries since the 1970s to reduce and manage industrial wastes in compliance with increasingly stringent regulations.

Household Hazardous Waste Round-Ups
In 1989, the Sanitation Districts, in conjunction with Los Angeles County Deparment of Public Works, began the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program to give residents a convenient and free way to properly dispose of HHWs.

“No Drugs Down the Drain”
The Sanitation Districts’ latest program is “No Drugs Down the Drain” and is aimed at educating the public about the importance of properly disposing of pharmaceuticals and their effect on the environment.

Green Power
The Sanitation Districts were identified by the Environmental Protection Agency as one of the top 10 "Green Power Partners" in the nation. The Sanitation Districts were the only one on the list who generates the green power they use. The Sanitation Districts were also awarded an Honorable Mention in Energy Efficiency by the Flex Your Power Organization, a statewide energy efficiency marketing and outreach program.

CNG Fueling Facility
The new JWPCP Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station expects to dispense approximately 200,000 gasoline gallon equivalent units of CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) fuel per year to local customers. The Sanitation Districts also plan to replace gasoline vehicles at the JWPCP with natural gas-powered vehicles as they reach the end of their useful lives.

Marshland Enhancement Program
The Marshland Enhancement Program provides for the restoration, enhancement and maintenance of a 17.5-acre freshwater marsh area located on the JWPCP property at the southwest corner of Sepulveda Boulevard and Figueroa Street in the City of Carson.

The new Bixby Marshland, opened to the public in July 2009, provides educational opportunities and features improved water flow, the planting of native plants, and removal of non-native varieties.

Educational Programs
The Sanitation Districts provide several educational programs for schools, community organizations and others. The public can tour the Sanitation Districts’ facilities, and middle and high schools in the Sanitation Districts’ service area are provided with reimbursement for buses and substitute teacher fees for visits to a Sanitation Districts’ solid waste facility or a wastewater treatment plant.

Educational programs include a teacher’s guide on solid waste management and wastewater treatment, and Think Earth, an award-winning program focusing on conserving natural resources, reducing waste and minimizing pollution.

Awards
The Sanitation Districts have been recognized dozens of times by a number of organizations in the wastewater field, including the California Water Environment Association (CWEA); the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES); the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA); and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals. Among the most recent awards are:

  • Grand Prize – Operations/Management Category – Excellence in Environmental Engineering Competition for “The Power of Innovation – Antelope Valley Green Energy Program” (from AAEES)

  • First Place – Research Achievement Award for “Nitrification/Denitrification Process Research at the Valencia Water Reclamation Plant” (from CWEA)
  • National Environmental Achievement Award (Research and Technology) for “Integrated Nitrogen Removal System Helps Valencia Water Reclamation Plant Meet Stringent Effluent Nitrogen Discharge Limits” (from NACWA)

  • Grand Prize – Research Category, Excellence in Environmental Engineering Competition, “Getting the N Out, Integrating Sidestream Treatment for Nitrogen Removal” (from AAEE)

  • Platinum, Gold and Silver Awards for Compliance with Treatment Plant Discharge Requirements at the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant and the upstream Water Reclamation Plants (from NACWA)

  • George Schroepfer Medal for Innovative Wastewater Facility Design (from WEF)

  • Clearwater Public Outreach Awards
    — LABS
    — CWEA

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The Sanitation Districts’ 1963 pioneering Plan for Water
Re-Use.


A free Household Hazardous Waste Round-Up.


"No Drugs Down the Drain" urges the public to properly dispose of prescription drugs.


A CNG fueling station at the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant is open to the public.