State board prohibits most septic systems
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.