Sewer Rate Study - Capacity Fees
At their June 15th 2017 Meeting, the Board of Directors of the East Orange County Water District (EOCWD) will consider adopting the recommendations contained in the Sewer Capacity Fee study performed by Raftelis Financial Consultants.
Sewer Service Charges
Customers pay their sewer service charges annually through their property tax bill. The rate sheet linked below shows the cost for single family residences, multi-family residences and for industrial and commercial businesses. You do not need to call us to set up sewer service, it will be done automatically through the purchase of your property via the County Tax Assessor’s office.
Sewer Rate Study - fats, oils & grease (fog) fees
At the July 17, 2016 Meeting, the Board adopted a Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Control Ordinance that is applicable to Food Service Establishments (FSEs). The Ordinance established extensive quantity and quality standards for the regulation of FOG discharges to the sewer system.
View ordinance 2016-2 Amended June 20, 2019
As established under the Orange County Sanitation District, the cost of monitoring FOG generators is recovered from the FSEs and is currently $200 for a two-year permit. EOCWD is proposing to increase this fee to $212 for a two-year permit.
Plans and Audits
Sewer System Management Plan
The Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP) was adopted by the Board of Directors on January 19, 2017, and identifies goals the District has set for the management, operation, and maintenance of the sewer system. These goals provide focus for District staff to continue high-quality work and to implement improvements in the management of the District’s wastewater collection system. This plan addresses the requirements for the following elements:
Operation and Maintenance Program
Design and Performance Provisions
Overflow Emergency Response Plan
Fats,Oils and Grease (FOG) Control Program
System Evaluation and Capacity Management
Monitoring, Measurement, and Program Modifications
SSMP Program Audits
Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP) Audit
At the January 17, 2019 Meeting, the Board of Directors approved revisions to the SSMP and Appendices. The revised Plan is contained in two volumes (click to open in pdf):
Septic 2 Sewer
“Septic2Sewer” is an initiative by EOCWD to ultimately bring sewer service to about 400 homes.
A district strategic goal is to reduce homeowner septic tank use, in favor of connections to the sanitary sewer system. Many homes in the district’s service area were built prior to the 1960s and have aging septic tanks that could pollute our portion of Orange County’s invaluable groundwater basin. The district worked with many stakeholders to develop a voluntary program to allow homeowners to abandon their septic tanks.
Both the cost to convert and the complexity of conversion (additional sewer infrastructure is often required to be constructed) are barriers to conversion. The program helps homeowners make the switch in two ways that can help reduce costs: by arranging for 30-year tax-exempt financing for most of the project and by sharing planning, engineering and construction expertise. This program underscores the value of having a local service provider being in the position to work closely with its customers, to meet specific neighborhood needs but also to benefit the entire service area with infrastructure system improvements that protect water quality and the environment.
Design, environmental review and permitting were completed by February, 2019, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held on February 9, 2019. The first Septic2Sewer program was completed in September, 2019. Below are a series of photos taken at this groundbreaking event.