The San Simeon Community Services District has a new director, at least for a few months, and a newly upgraded facility designed to produce highly treated effluent that can be used to irrigate landscaping and some kinds of crops in the small town of about 430 people.
Daniel Morris Williams will serve until a new director is elected in November. He’s temporarily filling a vacancy left by the June resignation of Terry Lambeth.
Williams, a retired public employee with public-works experience, was appointed to his post July 19 by current board members. Originally, they’d planned to leave the vacancy open until the November election, but were told by county officials in mid- July that their deadline to fill the post was before election day.
The new director has filed papers to run for a four-year term, as incumbents Alan Fields and Leroy Price have done to retain their posts. Meanwhile, incumbent Director Ralph McAdams has filed for a two-year vacancy, as has challenger Mary Power Giacoletti, environmental representative on the North Coast Advisory Council.
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San Simeon’s new effluent- treatment equipment was installed to meet requirements placed on the district by state water-quality regulators after treated water from San Simeon’s aging plant repeatedly didn’t meet California standards. Treated effluent from the district’s plant flows into the ocean through an outfall pipe.
In 2004 and 2005, the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board fined the district a total of $168,000. According to Charlie Grace of APTwater Services, which manages the services district, the control board allowed SSCSD to set aside approximately $150,000 of those fines to apply toward upgrading the plant.
He estimated that construction of the plant will cost approximately
$200,000, although final figures aren’t complete.
The new equipment is “up and running, and making some really nice looking water,” he said Tuesday, July 31. APTwater is in the process of completing compliance checks to make sure the effluent passes all water-quality tests.
Once the testing is complete, the tertiary-treated water will be available for customers through a hose bib at the sewage-treatment plant.
Grace said the project’s second phase would install a distribution system for the reclaimed water. —Kathe Tanner