Brawley City Council approves lab for Wastewater Treatment Plant

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Brawley Water Treatment plant with sign

BRAWLEY – The Brawley City Council approved the establishment of an onsite laboratory at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The previously adopted Sewer Use Ordinance includes new waste discharge local limits for significant industrial users and the implementation of the newly developed Pretreatment Program, mandated by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board.

This has increased the workload required to effectively operate and maintain the City’s sanitary sewer infrastructure.

A Laboratory Analyst position was approved to establish and maintain a State of California Certified Laboratory and pursue accreditation from the State.

The Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) provides evaluation and accreditation of environmental testing laboratories to ensure the quality of analytical data used for regulatory purposes to meet the requirements of the State’s wastewater and drinking water programs.

The majority of the laboratory equipment has already been purchased.

The new Pretreatment Program and recently established Local Limits require the City to monitor data that describes contaminants being discharged into the City’s sewer collection system by industrial users.

Having an onsite laboratory and analyst will benefit the City by having data faster to initiate required calculations and maintain the treatment process and keep the operation in compliance with the State.

The City will see a savings of about $50,000 a year by doing the testing in-house as well as getting immediate data from significant users.