Sanitation Rates

History of District: The Triunfo Sanitation District owns 1/3 of the Tapia Water Reclamation Facility. The other 2/3 of the facility is owned by Las Virgenes. This arrangement began in 1964. In that year a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) was established between Las Virgenes and Triunfo Sanitation Districts to cooperatively treat wastewater for these two bordering areas, which share the Malibu Creek watershed. Once the agreement was in place, construction began on the wastewater treatment facility that would be named Tapia Water Reclamation Facility. Tapia began operating at 0.5 million gallons per day in 1965. In 1972, the district began the practice of applying recycled water from Tapia to local landscapes.
In light of burgeoning local population in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Tapia’s capacity was again expanded to its ultimate build-out of 16 million gallons per day. One year later, the JPA began operations at the Rancho Las Virgenes Composting Facility which transforms biosolids extracted from wastewater into market-ready soil amendment.

Sanitation Rates are governed by three things:

    1. The cost of Capital (i.e. paying for the debt incurred to build the facility). There are two large capital projects that are in design or construction.

      -A new digester. This is needed for redundancy, to allow other digesters to be taken out of service and maintained and to provide additional capacity.

      -Alternative Disinfection Improvement. This is needed due to new regulations regarding our disposal of water into Malibu Creek.

    2. The cost of waste disposal.

    3. The cost of operating the treatment plant.

Sanitation Rates have not been increased since I was elected

In order to keep rates low the cost of operations must be kept low. I have scrutinized the cost of operations.

I have also explored the possibilities of other cheaper disposal methods.