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Permanent Ban on Septic Systems in Malibu broader Civic Center area

City of Malibu News -- Oct. 12, 2009

City Releases Cost Estimate for Centralized Wastewater Treatment System
Residential Property Owners Would Pay $1,000 per Month to Comply
with Proposed Regional Water Quality Control Board Order

Malibu, CA – As the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (“Regional Board”) moves forward with considering a permanent ban on septic systems in Malibu’s Civic Center area, the City of Malibu today released a conceptual cost estimate for a centralized wastewater treatment system. The capital costs of providing a centralized wastewater system for the broader Civic Center area identified by the Regional Board are estimated to total $52 million, costing individual residential property owners approximately $1,000 per month. The cost for commercial property owners will vary greatly depending on size and use of the property, but it is anticipated it will be significantly higher than residential costs.

The City of Malibu is moving forward with the design and environmental documents for a centralized wastewater system in response to the Regional Board’s proposed prohibition of onsite wastewater systems in the Civic Center area. A map of the prohibition zone and additional information on the proposal to ban septic systems can be obtained on the Regional Board’s website. The Regional Board will consider this issue during its upcoming November 5th Board hearing.

This new cost analysis, which reflects the Regional Board’s latest septic ban boundaries and was prepared by one of California’s preeminent environmental engineering firms, RMC Water and Environment, is in sharp contrast to the $16.7 million cost estimate provided by the Regional Board at recent community workshops.

“The City of Malibu has consistently stated that it shares the Regional Board’s vision and mandate for improving ocean water quality,” said Malibu Mayor Andy Stern. “The health and safety of our families and visiting tourists is our top priority.”

“However, we are deeply concerned that the Regional Board has not completed its due diligence and has not considered the overwhelming monthly cost to local homeowners and landowners,” added Stern. “These are very significant costs and are certainly compounded as we experience an unprecedented economic crisis.”

Jim Thorsen, City Manager
(310) 456-2489 ext. 226


Last Updated: Oct 13, 09

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