State board pro­hibits most sep­tic sys­tems

Los Angeles Times - - California - — Martha Groves

Sep­tic sys­tems will be pro­hib­ited in much of Mal­ibu af­ter the State Wa­ter Re­sources Con­trol Board voted unan­i­mously Tues­day to rat­ify a rec­om­men­da­tion by re­gional wa­ter qual­ity of­fi­cials re­quir­ing the coastal city to in­stall a cen­tral sewage treat­ment fa­cil­ity.

The 5-0 vote in Sacra­mento had been an­tic­i­pated by en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists and surfers who con­tended that Mal­ibu had long de­layed solv­ing the prob­lem of tainted wa­ter in Mal­ibu Creek, Mal­ibu La­goon and Surfrider Beach.

Last Novem­ber, the Los An­ge­les Re­gional Wa­ter Qual­ity Con­trol Board pro­posed a sep­tic ban for about 550 busi­nesses and res­i­dences in cen­tral and east­ern Mal­ibu.

City of­fi­cials had said the pro­posed zone was so large that they could not de­vise a sys­tem ca­pa­ble of han­dling all of the waste wa­ter. The city of­fered a mod­i­fied plan cov­er­ing fewer homes and busi­nesses. But the state wa­ter board backed the re­gional panel’s pro­posal.

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