After years of planning and following decades of controversy, the new Los Osos wastewater treatment plant and water recycling facility will celebrate its grand opening on Friday.
The public event will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the plant at 2270 Los Osos Valley Road.
Visitors will have the opportunity to take tours of the facility and enjoy refreshments, including cake. Local politicians have been invited to the event, including Congresswoman Lois Capps, who has confirmed her attendance.
As of late March, residents in parts of the community already have begun hooking up their homes to the sewer system.
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Between the 1980s and mid-2000s, multiple unsuccessful efforts were made to complete a wastewater treatment project, with objections to a plan to build in the heart of the own.
“The project development was done in cooperation with the community water purveyors to solve the water resource shortage and groundwater pollution in the community, in an environmentally sustainable and cost effective manner,” the county said in a statement.