Two Years After Massive Sewage Spill, MRWPCA Believes Pump Is Fixed

City Councilman Rudy Fischer also serves as Monterey One Water’s chairman of the board. Didn’t know that.

Also, MRWPCA changed it’s name to Monterey One Water sometime after the sewer spill. We have some creative and corporate savvy people there I’d say.

In all, nine pump stations exist in Pacific Grove with seven of them belonging to the city and two, including the one along Ocean View Boulevard, belonging to Monterey One Water.

While Jennifer Gonzalez, engineering manager for Monterey One Water, wasn’t quite as optimistic as Fischer in terms of the project being done by Sunday, she said when it is finished it will provide more reliability.

“We want reliability in all or our pump stations,” said Gonzalez, noting that the pumps need to be operational for the wet weather season, which Monterey One Water considers to officially begin on Suday. The station “is approaching 35- to 40-years-old at this point. Some of the valves have gotten to the end of their useful life.”

Fischer also noted the renovation is in response to the sewage spill that occurred in May of 2015.

Two Years After Massive Sewage Spill, MRWPCA Believes Pump Is Fixed

Change It To Monterey Regional Water Pollution Creation Agency

Not a repeat from 2015’s What Do You Smell, Ralph?

Raw wastewater flowed onto the Rec Trail and into the Monterey Bay from about 7 to 8:30 p.m. after a power surge caused the pump station’s electrical equipment to fail, according to Mike McCullough, government affairs administrator of the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency.

“All of the bumps and power surges — sometimes that can throw some of the electronic equipment into chaos,” said McCullough, who noted that shortly after the incident, officials from the agency successfully hooked up another generator to do the pumping that needed to be done.

Change It To Monterey Regional Water Pollution Creation Agency

What Do You Smell, Ralph?

Smells like a rate hike for improvements to the poo pumps, Norton.

The civil grand jury found that since the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency owned and operated the pump station and was making repairs when the overflow occurred, it was responsible for the spill. In its report, the grand jury said the pollution control agency did not have a procedure to address potential false pressure readings and that the agency’s response was appropriate given the alternative.

The 2015 sanitary sewer overflow, which released 220,000 gallons of untreated sewage, occurred at the Fountain Avenue pump station owned and operated by the water pollution control agency.

What Do You Smell, Ralph?

Sewers And The Mvsevm. Confused News

Saved news article from KION news. Does the Mvsevm have a historical exhibit of a 100 year old sewer collection?

“In the fall of this year we will be replacing the sanitary sewer line along Oceanview Blvd., and in conjunction with that project we will be replacing over a mile of storm drain line,” said Gho.

“I think Pacific Grove really values its history. Its cultural history and its natural history. And I think the museum operates on both fronts to preserve all aspects of our history,” said Museum Collection Curator Paul Vandecarr.

This year is also historic.

“This actually marks the 100th year anniversary of the City owning the collection here at the museum,” said Vandecarr.

Sewers And The Mvsevm. Confused News

Higher Pay Per Flush Approved

Not enough input from opposition.

New rates will help cover the cost of fixing old pipelines that date back to the early 1900s. Pacific Grove residents will now see a 5 percent rate increase on their monthly sewer bill, totaling about $42 a month, and some residents in the area aren’t too happy.

The city said the sewage rate increase will bring in more than $800,000 over the next couple of years. City officials said the sewer fund is separate from the general fund and can only be used for sewer maintenance.

Higher Pay Per Flush Approved

Sewer Rate Increases

Never mind the lack of maintenance and failing MRWPCA pump station. Pay Per Flush and Smart Sewer Meters can’t be far behind.

A discovery that the city had been overcharging customers for several years angered many and led to a grassroots effort to overturn a 10-year rate hike proposal, with 1,421 residents penning letters against the idea. But it wasn’t enough to stop the move — 3,051 responses were needed — and the City Council unanimously adopted the increases.

“We’re going to be able to move ahead,” said Pacific Grove Mayor Bill Kampe just after the responses were tallied.

The figure was not what the opposition had hoped for. The controversy arose after the city collected $600,000 in sewer fees over the last few years without issuing a required notice to ratepayers. During that time, the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency also raised its rates, which were linked to the city’s rate and added to homeowners’ bills.

Sewer Rate Increases

Monterey Sewage Closes The Beach In P.G.

Plumbing contractor sends sewage down storm drain, public works lets drain empty to ocean.

Both the MFD and the Monterey County Health Dept. were informed by MPW last night that the diversion pump had been switched on, Ramirez says, but this morning the health department was informed by MPW that the switch was still turned off. Ramirez could not elaborate as whether the error was mechanical or human, but a statement issued by the health department earlier today said it was a “mechanical failure.”

Monterey Sewage Closes The Beach In P.G.

Beach Warning Of The Week

LP beach drain pipe

County health officials today are warning visitors to San Carlos Beach in Monterey and Lovers Point Beach in Pacific Grove to avoid going in the water after tests found higher than normal levels of bacteria.

The tests were done Monday, and warning signs have been posted at the beaches, officials said. The advisory is expected to be lifted when water samples indicate bacteria levels are acceptable.

Beach Warning Of The Week

Warnings Posted At Lovers Point

Poo in the water. Do you think that these people in the unmarked truck that are pressure washing the buildings and sidewalks should recover their rinse water and dispose of it properly instead of letting it run down the storm drains to the ocean? Do the Pacific Grove business owners even care?

Washing Sidewalks at Nancy’s Attic and Glenn Gobel framesSidewalk washers

Washing facade and sidewalks at Chase bankChase Sidewalk washers

Water from storm drain goes:
LP beach drain pipe

County health officials are warning visitors to Lovers Point Beach to avoid going in the water after tests Monday found higher than normal levels of bacteria.

Health officials say humans and animals including seals, otters and birds can contribute to higher bacteria levels in addition to rainfall runoff and storm drains.

Warnings Posted At Lovers Point