The Carpinteria Sanitary District received the prestigious statewide California Water Environment Association “Collection System of the Year” award for 2014 in the small system category. The award, conferred on May 1st at the CWEA Annual Conference in San Diego, recognizes the District for its outstanding performance, innovative practices, cost effectiveness and superior system operations. The District prevailed over other regional award winning agencies from throughout California that own and operate less than 250 miles of sewer pipeline.
Receiving the award, District General Manager Craig Murray commented “Over the past several years the District has focused on every aspect of our sewer collection system, from condition assessment to system rehabilitation to enhanced maintenance and customer service. We are fortunate to have an amazing team of qualified and dedicated wastewater professionals who work hard each day to protect public health and the environment. Matt Oliver, the District’s Collection System Supervisor, and his crew are absolutely deserving of this recognition.” The award was presented by CWEA President Simon Watson and Ed McCormick, President of the national Water Environment Federation.
The District has recently completed a number of significant capital projects geared towards improving the performance of its network of 45 miles of sewer pipelines and eight pumping stations that convey wastewater from the community to the wastewater treatment facility. Completion of the Rincon Point Septic to Sewer Conversion Project in 2014, after 15 years of continuous effort, was a key accomplishment noted by the review panel. The District has also leveraged technological advancements in the industry, using tablet computers in the field, high quality digital video for pipeline inspections, and computerized system mapping with fully integrated workflow management software. As a result, the District has maintained an excellent compliance history, with sewer overflows and blockages occurring very infrequently in Carpinteria.
Craig Murray, Matt Oliver, Mark Bennett and Tim Gallup receiving the CWEA 2014 Small Collection System of the Year Award from CWEA President Simon Watson.
About Carpinteria Sanitary District:
The Carpinteria Sanitary District is an independent special district which provides wastewater collection, treatment and disposal services to the residents and businesses of the City of Carpinteria and surrounding unincorporated areas in the Carpinteria Valley.
The District was formed in 1928 to provide wastewater collection and disposal to area residents. During the 1930’s and 40’s wastewater was collected and discharged to the ocean without the benefit of treatment. It was during this period that the bulk of the sewer system serving the downtown area was constructed.
Over time, the District’s wastewater collection has been expanded to serve the community’s needs. The system currently consists of approximately 40 linear miles of sewer pipeline ranging from 6” to 24” in diameter. The District also owns and operates seven sewage pump stations that are necessary to convey flow to the wastewater treatment plant. Currently the District provides service to approximately 16,500 people and has just under 4,100 user accounts.