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Wastewater System

The City of Santa Barbara's Wastewater System is comprised of two systems:  Collection and Treatment.  To support treatment operations, the City has a Water Resources Laboratory located at the El Estero Water Resource Center.

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El Estero Water Resource Center Unveiled

April 23, 2019 

To celebrate Earth Day, members of the City Council and Water Commission unveiled the newly named El Estero Water Resource Center on April 22, celebrating recently completed improvements to the wastewater treatment process. El Estero's new name and upgrades reflect the significant role the facility plays in community sustainability by providing resource recovery and protection of the environment and public health.

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Wastewater Pipe Rehab Begins

April 9, 2019 

This year, starting in April, 4.2 miles of City sewer pipe will be rehabilitated. Pipes were selected based on material or age, as some date as far back as the 1920s. Contractors will clean and video inspect the pipes from street manholes and then use both trenchless and traditional trenching methods for the rehabilitation work.

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This Holiday Season, Don't Clog with FOG

December 18, 2018 

Pouring fats, oils, and grease (FOG) down the drain or garbage disposal creates obstructions in underground pipes and creates serious problems like blockages and sewer overflows. When washed down the sink, FOG can stick to the inside of sewer pipes, both on your property and under the street. This holiday season, dispose of fats, oils, and grease properly using these tips.

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Last Updated: Jun 27, 2019
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