Santa Barbara County proposes multimillion-dollar upgrade for Orcutt water treatment plant

County of Santa Barbara proposes multimillion dollar upgrade to water treatment plant

ORCUTT, Calif. - The County of Santa Barbara is proposing a multimillion-dollar upgrade to a sewage treatment plant in Orcutt. 

The facility was first built around 1960.

Santa Barbara County Officials said the sewage treatment plant has been overdue for an upgrade for at least ten years. 

If the upgrade is approved, rate payers could be seeing higher sewage bills in the near future.

In order to maintain water quality, the sanitation district said the need to replace the sewage treatment plant is boiling over. 

The newly proposed facility is estimated to cost close to $40 million.

Once the facility is upgraded, utilities manager Marty Wilder of the Laguna County Sanitation District said rate payers will likely pay a higher sewage bill.

“This year we're proposing a 3.8 percent increase which is based on the consumer price index for the year 2018. We're trying to keep up with the cost of inflation for everything that goes up like fuel and electricity," Wilder said.

Wilder hopes to begin construction by the end of the year. 

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