Beaches Close As Millions Of Gallons Of Raw Sewage Dump In The Bay

From those fine people that brought you ongoing sewage spills at Lovers Point We have another one by Monterey Wonder Water, better known as Monterey Regional Water Pollution Creation Agency.

Monterey One Water says as much as 4.9 million gallons of wastewater spilled into the Monterey Bay. The leak was caused by an equipment failure at their wastewater treatment facility in Marina. The beach coastline between Marina State Beach and Stillwater Cove, Monterey, California are closed as a result.

Beaches Close As Millions Of Gallons Of Raw Sewage Dump In The Bay

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

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City Councilman Rudy Fischer also serves as Monterey Wonder 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

MRWPCA Slogan

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

$50 Per Month Sewer Bills Proposed

By Tom Fruitcheese and the Monterey Peninsula Water Pollution Creation Agency. Protesters tried to stop it with a written campaign but fell short, kind of knee deep in the sewage.

The city’s aging sewer system has led to repeat sewage spills into protected coastal waters. Officials sought the fee hike to cover the long-term costs of repairing it, pinned at $13.9 million over 10 years.
“Portions of the sewer system are almost 100 years old,” P.G. City Manager Tom Frutchey writes by email. “In order to keep the system functioning effectively, for the safety of residents and the protection of the Bay, the council adopted the proposed rates. Throughout the 10-year period, future councils will be able to make further adjustments.”
Meanwhile, the Monterey Peninsula Taxpayers Association has pressured the city to refund a $600,000-plus sewer fee overcharge to residents. Officials have said they’d rather apply it as a credit against the upcoming fee hike.

$50 Per Month Sewer Bills Proposed

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

That Sewer Internet? Oh It’s On The Way

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Another bad decision by Tom Fruit-Cheese. Why would Comcast or ATT want to use SiFi Networks’ fiber cables in sewers when they already have their own? Who wants to work on cables soaking in poop? And what happens when the  Monterey Regional Water Pollution Creation Agency breaks a valve? Does the internet go out or just ooze sewage into your computer?

In a revised deal still under negotiation, City Manager Tom Frutchey says, SiFi would construct and install the network. Internet service providers such as AT&T and Comcast would pay the city for each customer who signs up, he says, and the city in turn would use that money to lease the system from SiFi for 30 years. When the term is up, the city would own the system. According to staff calculations, P.G. would net $1 million over 10 years.

Pacific Grove City Council made a deal with London-based SiFi Networks to install fiber-optic Internet cables through the city’s sewer pipes. The company announced it had selected P.G. as a California “FiberCity,” intended to showcase speeds of up to 1 gigabyte per second – 20 times faster than the fastest DSL connection – and the network would be installed by the end of 2015. SiFi would cover the construction costs, up to $40 million.

That Sewer Internet? Oh It’s On The Way