ABOUT US

CULTURE.  CLIMATE.    COMMUNITY.

At West County Wastewater (WCW), we understand the significance of protecting the health of our community and the environment, today and for generations to come. We work around the clock to safely and responsibly collect, treat and dispose of wastewater, keeping our neighborhoods and our natural surroundings safe and setting the stage for a sustainable future.

WCW serves approximately 34,000 residences and 2,450 commercial and industrial businesses, with a total population of nearly 100,000. Founded in 1921, today we are transforming our organization and shaping the future of the regional wastewater industry with a team that is dedicated to innovation, progress, collaboration, service and eco-friendly practices.

To us, community and environmental stewardship is more than providing wastewater services ­­– it is working together to encourage and employ healthy industry and environmental practices that will benefit the region, our communities and our ecosystem for years ahead.

VISION

Create a holistic plan for environmental stewardship through efficient wastewater management, extensive community engagement, inspirational leadership and integrated partnerships.

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MISSION

Protect public health through safe, responsible wastewater collection and treatment, recovering the water for reuse and promoting environmental stewardship for our community.

CORE VALUES

Service: Delivering value with humility, agility and reliability
Trust: Starts with truth and ends with truth
Collaboration: More than the sum of our parts
Leadership: Be an example that inspires others
Accountability: If it is to be, it’s up to me
Sustainability: Securing what we have for what will be

SERVICE & STEWARDSHIP

WCW is committed to providing reliable, high-quality service while acting as a steward for the community and the environment.


QUALITY

Lab test more than 600 samples a year to ensure treated water is safe for discharge.

RELIABILITY

Maintain and improve pipes and buildings to keep operations running smoothly.

PRESERVATION

Provide treated water for industrial reuse, which saves valuable drinking water and preserves the local water supply.

SERVICE

Respond 24 hours a day with on-call field staff available for emergencies.

SUSTAINABILITY

Supply one-third of WCW’s energy needs using solar power panels located on WCW property.

COLLABORATION

Partner locally and regionally to maintain sewer systems, encourage best practices and protect the environment.

SERVICE AREA

WCW serves the City of San Pablo, Tara Hills, Richmond (northern subdivisions), East Richmond Heights, the City of Pinole (designated sectors), El Sobrante, Rollingwood, Bayview and parts of the unincorporated county.

SERVICE AREA

WCW serves the City of San Pablo, Tara Hills, Richmond (northern subdivisions), East Richmond Heights, the City of Pinole (designated sectors), El Sobrante, Rollingwood, Bayview and parts of the unincorporated county.

RESPONSIBLE WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT

WCW owns, operates, and maintains a wastewater collection system with 249 miles of gravity sewer pipelines, 17 lift stations, 6 miles of pressure force mains, and a Water Quality and Resource Recovery Plant with a capacity of 12.5 million gallons per day (mgd), average dry weather flow.

Responsible wastewater collection, treatment and disposal prevents the spread of disease, keeping our neighborhoods healthy and stopping raw sewage from entering the environment, including the San Francisco Bay. The WCW team keeps sewage flowing away from homes and businesses by maintaining and monitoring the system and providing emergency response to overflows within our service area.

WCW’s collection and treatment process meets all state and federal regulations. We regularly perform tests to ensure viruses, bacteria and other contaminants are not present in treated wastewater discharge.

Our Water Quality and Resource Recovery Plant has won the National Association of Clean Water Agencies Peak Performance Award for 21 years in a row and the corresponding Platinum 17 Award – a testament to our dedication to protecting local waters and the environment.

In addition, we send the majority of our treated wastewater to be used as recycled water for industrial purposes such as heating and cooling buildings, saving valuable drinking water for local residents.

HISTORY

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  • 1921

    West County Wastewater District formed to serve 15,000 residents in San Pablo and North Richmond. 24-inch outfall to Castro Creek

  • 1955

    Constructed a 6 million gallon-per-day (mgd) primary treatment plant

  • 1963

    Sludge drying lagoon and other improvements

  • 1972-75

    Secondary treatment expansion to 12.5 mgd

  • 1977

    Sewage pumping and West County Agency partnership with City of Richmond

  • 1980

    Administrative facilities on Hilltop

  • 1985

    Wet weather equalization facilities; additional sludge drying lagoons; maintenance shop expansion

  • 1998

    Major remodel of operations/lab building; conversion from chlorine gas to sodium hypochlorite disinfection

  • 2006

    Remodel of administrative building

  • 2008

    1 megawatt (MW) of solar panels installed on WCW property

  • 2009

    2 MW emergency generator; Richmond Advanced Recycled Expansion (RARE) improvements in collaboration with EBMUD

CALIFORNIA SPECIAL DISTRICT

West County Wastewater is a California Special District. Special districts are local service agencies that provide vital services such as water, wastewater and public safety that enhance our communities. Special districts are governed by locally elected or appointed boards, and promote local accountability, sustainability, specialized solutions and infrastructure.

CSDA DISTRICTS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
CSDA MAPPING PROGRAM

CURRENT PROJECTS

As part of our promise to ensure reliable service, the WCW team assesses, maintains, improves and constructs the buildings, systems and sewer lines that collect, treat and dispose of wastewater. This includes maintenance and improvements at our Water Quality and Resource Recovery Plant, as well as sewer systems in the local community.

READ OUR 5–YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN
PROJECT BIDS & RFPS

Lift Station Upgrades

WCW is performing upgrades at various lift stations located throughout its service area. The improvements include civil, structural, electrical, pumps, instruments, and backup power at the Lakeside, McBryde, Park, Sobrante and Pinole lift stations. These upgrades will enhance reliability of service and provide more efficient transfer of wastewater.

Priority Pipes Project

Work is underway to fix 15,000 feet of sewers in the most deteriorated condition, with a focus on the North Richmond area. These repairs will increase safety and reliability of wastewater service.

Sodium Bisulfite (SBS) Improvements

This project will provide a new SBS Facility at the WCW Water Quality and Resource Recovery Plant. The project, a partnership with the City of Richmond, will replace aging and outdated infrastructure which is critical for permit compliance. The SBS facilities remove the chlorine from the wastewater before it is discharged, preventing environmental contamination and protecting our local ecosystems.

Lift Station Upgrades

WCW is performing upgrades at various lift stations located throughout its service area. The improvements include civil, structural, electrical, pumps, instruments, and backup power at the Lakeside, McBryde, Park, Sobrante and Pinole lift stations. These upgrades will enhance reliability of service and provide more efficient transfer of wastewater.

Priority Pipes Project

Work is underway to fix 15,000 feet of sewers in the most deteriorated condition, with a focus on the North Richmond area. These repairs will increase safety and reliability of wastewater service.

Sodium Bisulfite (SBS) Improvements

This project will provide a new SBS Facility at the WCW Water Quality and Resource Recovery Plant. The project, a partnership with the City of Richmond, will replace aging and outdated infrastructure which is critical for permit compliance. The SBS facilities remove the chlorine from the wastewater before it is discharged, preventing environmental contamination and protecting our local ecosystems.

ORDINANCES & CODES

West County Wastewater operates under a variety of ordinances and codes including: Board of Directors meetings and procedures; personnel; solid waste collections; connections and fees; uniform plumbing code; sewage and discharge regulations; and an ordinance list.

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