EL CENTRO — Line breaks and sewage leaks prompted imposition of new requirements for Barbara Worth Country Club.
The Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved a Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP) for Country Club Sewer Maintenance District (CCSMD) Tuesday, Nov. 16, after the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) imposed new requirements on the system.
The new requirements came down Oct. 5, following line breaks and resulting sewer spills after sewage waste from around the Barbara Worth Country Club was collected and transferred to the city of Holtville’s sewer treatment facility, according to Director of Public Works, John Gay.
“There has been a handful of breaks. I would say probably since I’ve been here, over the last 10 years, maybe four or five breaks of record (have occurred),” said Gay. “We have not had a Sewer System Management Plan for that facility, and as of the last two breaks, we have received a letter from the regional board to create a plan, and also to move forward to remedy the breaks that have been occurring on site.”
Reports of a 36,000-gallon sewage sanitary sewer overflow at Barbara Worth Country Club occurred on Feb. 1. All of the sewage percolated into the ground. Another event at Barbara Worth Country Club was reported on April 21, where 30,000 gallons of sanitary sewer overflow was spilled and washed away into the drain ditch.
The discharges violated the California Water Code and triggered the RWQCB’s new requirements.
The CCSMD was required to develop and implement an SSMP by Nov. 1. The approved plan includes 11 sections to address the goals, legal authority, maintenance, overflow emergency response plan, and several other aspects. The plan is modeled after other sewer treatment plants the county owns and operates.
Penalties include fines up to $5,000 for each day in which the violation occurs, or $10 for each gallon of waste discharged.
The county must also comply with RWQCB sanitary sewer overflow electronic reporting requirements.
To address sanitary sewer overflow discharges, the SSMP states measures and activities to reduce and prevent overflow include maintaining system maps, scheduling routine maintenance, identifying and addressing system deficiencies, and conducting regular reporting activities in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements.
The SSMP also states plans to repair and upgrade the district’s force main have been moving forward for several years, and the district has received tentative approval to apply for a State Revolving Loan Fund to assist with the costs to repair the force main.
Requests to fund engineering, design, and a new rate study to help pay for improvements will be coming to the board, according to Gay.