Sanitation district seeks comment on hazard planning

The Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District (SVCSD) is one of two county sanitation districts that will seek public comment in July on hazard mitigation planning efforts to increase the reliability of sanitation facilities during natural disasters, such as an earthquake. The other district is the Russian River County Sanitation District.

The SVCSD Local Hazard Mitigation Plan will be an agenda item at the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, in the Community Meeting Room, 177 First St. W., Sonoma.

The Sonoma County Valley Sanitation District began operations in 1953 and serves 17,027 Equivalent Single-Family Dwellings within a 4,500-acre service area. The treatment plant has a design capacity of 3-million gallons a day and treats wastewater to tertiary treatment levels.

“The occurrence of natural disasters such as flooding, landslides, fires, and earthquakes – all relatively common in Sonoma County – can result in enormous cost to communities. The Local Hazard Mitigation Plans for these districts will form the foundation for a long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses,” said Water Agency Director Susan Gorin.

Water Agency Director Efren Carrillo said, “I encourage our community to participate in these upcoming meetings.  Protecting human and environmental health is our highest priority as we identify potential hazards in our wastewater collection and treatment infrastructure.”

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