HOLTVILLE, Calif. – Four waste water violations in the last six months. That’s too many according to Holtville city officials.
“When the new outfall main was put into service, some of that residual bis phthalate carried on and it was detectable in our effluent and that’s what caused that non-compliance.” said Frank Cornejo, who is a waste water operator supervisor.
The pipeline that takes water from the city to the waste water plant at the end of Kamm Road was replaced last year due to old age. City officials say three out of the four violations happened due to that project. The first three violations had to do with water over flow, and an excess of certain elements found in the water.
“We are confident that as the pipeline remains in service those are going to taper off and we’ll be in compliance once again.” said Cornejo.
City Manager Nick Wells says the fourth violation came from fat, oils, and grease components found in the water. He says that comes from the nine restaurants in town and they are working together to resolve the issue.
“I think we need a little bit of outreach about what you should be dumping into the sewer and what you can have in collectors and picked up in different ways and not making its way into the sewer system.” said Wells.
For now Wells says they are not sure if the state will fine them for going over the allowed number of violations since most happened during the pipeline project.
“We do realize that the fourth violation had nothing to do with that so we’ll appeal our case and see how that does.” said Wells.