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Chloride public meetings begin Wednesday night

Posted: June 10, 2014 8:33 p.m.
Updated: June 10, 2014 8:33 p.m.
 

The Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District beings a series of public information meetings Wednesday night that will culminate in a public hearing June 30 on proposed sewage rate increases.

The first of six meetings is scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Sulphur Springs Community School in Canyon Country.

The Santa Clarita Valley faces stiff fines that would be passed on to sewer system users if it doesn’t reduce the amount of chloride, a naturally occurring component of salt, in wastewater dumped into the Santa Clara River.

That water is used to irrigate crops downstream, and some avocado farmers say it damages their crops.

Sanitation District officials have wrestled with the issue for years. In October they proposed a chloride-removal system they say will meet state environmental requirements and keep sewage rates as low as possible.

Under the plan proposed currently, the cost of chloride removal would be phased in and would reach about $100 per single-family residence per year by fiscal year 2019-20.

For businesses the rate increase would vary depending on the amount of water discharged and the treatment required.

Besides Wednesday night’s, public meetings are scheduled:

- Thursday, Valencia High School, 7 p.m.;

- Saturday, Valencia Water Reclamation Plant, 28185 The Old Road. A tour is at 9 a.m., meeting at 10:30 a.m.

- Tuesday, June 17, Stevenson Ranch Elementary, 7 p.m.

- Thursday, June 19, Live Oak Elementary School, 7 p.m.

- Wednesday, June 25, Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, 7 p.m.

The public hearing is scheduled at 6 p.m. June 30 at Santa Clarita City Hall.

 

 

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