Civic Center Water Treatment Facility

The Malibu Civic Center Water Treatment Facility (CCWTF) is a centralized treatment facility that will treat, reuse, and/or dispose of wastewater flows from properties in the Malibu Civic Center area.

The project was to be developed in in three phases. Phase One encompassed the construction of the treatment plant and the collection and distribution systems to nearby parcels. The treatment plant was designed and constructed with the ability to expand for Phases Two and Three.

The CCWTF was developed in response to regulatory actions taken by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board and the State Water Resources Control Board to prohibit discharges from onsite wastewater discharge systems (OWDS) in the Civic Center area, and to ban new OWDS, based on a phased schedule.

Wastewater & Recycled Water Rates

The proposed Wastewater and Recycled Water Rates are being developed to provide a fair and equitable method of obtaining revenue to maintain the wastewater and recycled water systems. On June 26, 2017, the City Council approved the 2017 Wastewater and Recycled Water Rates Study, which outlines how the proposed rates were calculated. At this time, only those developed parcels within the Phase One area will be charged for these services. These rates will be charged once the wastewater and recycled water service is provided to the customer.  

Project Financing

Phase One

At its Regular meeting on January 25, 2016, the City Council formed Assessment District 2015-1 (Civic Center Wastewater Treatment Facility – Phase 1), following ballot approval by a majority of the impacted property owners in the Civic Center. The Council also adopted Resolution No. 16-07 approving the Assessment Engineer’s Report, in which the individual parcel assessments were determined.

Phase Two

In April 2019, the City entered into an Assessment District Reimbursement Agreement with HRL Laboratories, LLC through which HRL will provide funding for the design and engineering assessment of the CCWTF Phase Two project. The funds would be reimbursed after formation of an Assessment District for Phase Two.