Sewer Emergencies/After Hours: (510) 222-6700


West County Wastewater (WCW) is devoted to the community we serve – protecting both public health and our natural surroundings. With that responsibility comes our dedication to keeping residents informed about what’s happening with wastewater at WCW and in the region.

Whether it is FOG (fats, oils, grease) and wipes education or describing the wastewater treatment process, WCW educates the community about wastewater and the value of wastewater service. We offer a variety of educational opportunities, such as Water Quality and Resource Recovery Plant tours, public presentations and school visits, on-site business pollution prevention support, and involvement at community events.

At WCW, we believe our role in the community goes beyond providing wastewater service and into supporting and nurturing strong, diverse and vibrant neighborhoods. Keep reading to discover more about WCW, learn about our role in the community, find out about current construction projects and get connected with student and community engagement opportunities.


West County Wastewater District

West County Wastewater District

WCW continues to celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth, and today, we highlight the life and work of Archie Alexander, an African American mathematician and engineer who graduated from the University of Iowa and was the first African American to graduate from the University’s College of Engineering.

Archie was a foreman for a bridge-building company before starting his own business in 1917. He was responsible for constructing many roads and bridges, including the Whitehurst Freeway, the tidal Basin Bridge, and an extension to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. #BlackHistoryIsAmericanHistory

West County Wastewater District

West County Wastewater District

Big thanks to our friends at Republic Services for providing their first-quarter newsletter! It's full of important and exciting news about responsible recycling, and they're offering a Compost giveaway! ❤♻️

West County Wastewater District

West County Wastewater District

We hope the rain and wind don't get in your way of having a wonderful President's Day holiday!

West County Wastewater District

West County Wastewater District

WCW celebrates the life, legacy, and history of Former Richmond Mayer Irma L. Andersen.

Irma served the City of Richmond as a council member from 1993 to 2001 and as mayor from 2001 to 2006.

Her memorial service will be held in the Richmond Auditorium from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on February 29.

Get more information and watch an inspiring and beautiful video from when Mayor Andersen appeared on an episode of “Historical Elected Officials and Community Leaders” here:

West County Wastewater District

West County Wastewater District

Oh, happy day to all of our staff, leadership, and West County Community! We ❤ you!

#valentinesday2024 #3ps

West County Wastewater District

West County Wastewater District

Feeling a little down after yesterday's heartbreaking Superbowl loss, then we remembered seeing this cute, little deer with its family last week.

Feeling better! #westcounty #mondays

West County Wastewater District

West County Wastewater District

As WCW continues to celebrate Black History Month, we put the spotlight on Dorothy Johnson Vaughn, a mathematician and human computer who worked for NASA at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

In 1949, she became acting supervisor of the West Area Computers, the first African-American woman to supervise a group of staff at the center.

She was later officially promoted to supervisor and learned and taught staff to work an IBM machine computer, which used FORTRAN programming language in the 1960's. #BlackHistoryMonth #HiddenFigures #BlackHistoryIsAmericanHistory

West County Wastewater District

West County Wastewater District

WCW is proud to celebrate Black History Month throughout February. The theme for this year is “Rhythms of Resilience: One Soul. One Sound.”

We welcome our community to download this virtual meeting background and follow us on our various social media channels to help us celebrate and honor Black History all month long. #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackHistoryIsAmericanHistory #westcounty #RichmondCA

West County Wastewater District

West County Wastewater District

Here is your last reminder to please consider participating in the Contra Costa County Hazard Mitigation Plan update, by taking this quick survey!📲

Help your community develop a hazard mitigation plan to reduce risk from all hazards by identifying resources, information, and strategies for risk reduction. 🦺 👷

Take this confidential 10-minute survey TODAY!

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The WCW team is dedicated to reliable, high-quality service, which includes working to ensure our wastewater system functions properly. We inspect, maintain, upgrade, and construct the buildings, systems, and sewer lines that collect, treat, and dispose of wastewater. This includes maintaining and improving public sewer pipes, pumps, and mains in our community, as well as the systems at our Water Quality and Resource Recovery Plant.



WCW customers play a key role in our mission of protecting the environment and public health. That’s one of the many reasons we value community engagement, including providing information about the value of wastewater service and educating customers on how to help keep local neighborhoods, homes, parks, and natural surroundings safe.

You may interact with us at a community event, hear about us from your child after a school visit, see us inspecting public sewer lines, or meet us by taking a tour of our Water Quality and Resource Recovery Plant.

Schedule a plant tour! Call (510) 237-6603.
Tours are temporarily on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn about WCW’s role in wastewater services and how our treatment plant operates. Tours are available for interested residents, school classes, youth groups, businesses, or other organizations. To request a WCW classroom visit, presentation, or attendance at a community event, call (510) 237-6603.


West County Wastewater hosted our first Community Cleanup on April 30, 2023.

This was a wonderful opportunity to join together to protect and preserve Wildcat Canyon Creek, in Richmond.

With over 25 volunteers we removed over 1,500 pounds of debris!

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Educating students about environmental responsibility, including water as a precious resource, is vital to protecting our future for generations to come. WCW’s Student Outreach program engages students at a young age through school classroom visits and tours of the Water Quality and Resource Recovery Plant. To schedule a classroom visit or a plant tour, contact the Water Quality and Resource Recovery Plant at (510) 237-6603. Bus transportation assistance may be available.

Classroom Connections

More than 1,000 local school children from grades four through seven participated our Student Outreach Program last year.

Smart about Sewage

How efficiently we treat and manage our wastewater plays a major role in achieving effective water resource management. Safe and responsible collection and treatment of wastewater protects our planet and our families now and for years to come. Use the resources below to help children learn how the wastewater process works and how it relates to protecting and preserving our water and the environment.



As a society, we rely on skilled, experienced professionals to collect and distribute drinking water, treat wastewater safely and efficiently, test water quality in laboratories and help communities conserve water. Water and wastewater career options represent tremendous opportunities for people with many different backgrounds, talents, and skills. In partnership with the Bay Area Consortium for Water and Wastewater Education (BACWWE) and Solano Community College, WCW is proud to support local education of future water and wastewater professionals, as well as hire graduates from the program.

Wondering what it’s like to work in the water or wastewater world?

Operators at water or wastewater treatment plants make sure water meets strict environmental regulations. Employees in operations and maintenance departments keep water distribution systems and wastewater collection pipelines running smoothly. Others might work with state-of-the-art computer systems to control pumps and valves regulating the flow of millions of gallons of water, or in a laboratory testing samples, or the field using heavy equipment to dig trenches to repair pipelines.

The BACWWE program offers many different options, both in terms of entering the field (from entry level to management) and the type of work setting (treatment plants, offices, or outdoors). A career in the water or wastewater industry has many advantages, including:

  1. These local careers are here to stay because they are the types of careers that cannot be outsourced. There’s a need for these careers all over the world, so the skills can be applied at any location.
  2. There’s steady demand for these careers now and into the future, thanks to the continuing need for water-related expertise and the wave of retirements happening now and anticipated in the future.
  3. They address water conservation and sustainability, making them green careers.
  4. Careers in water and wastewater offer a range of competitive pay and benefits based on skill and provide stability.


Please call (510) 222-6700, option 1

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
(closed for lunch 12 p.m. -1 p.m.)

2910 Hilltop Drive, Richmond, CA 94806

Phone: (510) 222-6700 | Fax: (510) 222-3277

2377 Garden Tract Road, Richmond, CA 94801
Phone: (510) 237-6603 | Fax: (510) 233-5518


West County Wastewater, a publicly owned utility, is responsible for operating and maintaining public sanitary sewer mains in your area. WCW provides 24-hour emergency service within its service area when you experience problems with the sanitary sewer system. Your comments and suggestions for improvement are encouraged and welcomed. Your feedback will be used to improve the quality of service in the future.

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