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Woodbridge Sanitary District accused of sewer plant violations

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Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:42 am, Fri Mar 25, 2011.

The state has ruled that the Woodbridge Sanitary District has illegally allowed employees without state certification to operate the sewer plant north of Benedict Drive.

The district, which provides sewer service to the Woodbridge community, is accused of several other violations, according to a notice issued by the State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento.

Woodbridge board President Doug Colucci said that Manager Luis Ching is developing a response that is due to the state on April 5.

"I was there when they came out and talked to (Ching)," Colucci said. "It was kind of a surprise visit."

State officials inspected the plant on Jan. 20 and issued the violation notice on Feb. 7. Other alleged violations include:

  • Lacking any standard operating procedures at the plant.
  • Not maintaining health and safety guidelines and operational logs.
  • Inadequate sampling and analytical procedures.
  • Having Ching, the only certified wastewater plant operator, work only 20 hours a week.
  • Not calibrating analytical equipment and meters.

"Without speaking on this case ... our primary issue is water quality. The regulations are in place to ensure clean water, so we take these things seriously," said Dave Clegern, a spokesman for the State Water Resources Control Board.

Colucci said the Woodbridge district is working with state on two applications to allow what is known as an operator trainee rather than pay a certified operator to run the plant. The district has two part-time laborers, and others are on-call, Colucci said.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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