Mayor Rick Mullen and City Councilmembers were joined by Senator Henry Stern, County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, State Water Resources Control Board Deputy Director Leslie Laudon, Regional Water Quality Control Board Chair Madelyn Glickfeld and community members to mark the official opening of Malibu's Civic Center Water Treatment Facility on Friday, October 5. They were joined by Mayor Pro Tem Jefferson Wagner and Councilmembers Laura Rosenthal and Lou La Monte, all of whom guided the facility through the permitting and community outreach process to help ensure it would be completed on time, on budget, and would be as environmentally sustainable as possible.
See the online photo album of the event
See a video tour highlighting the Civic Center Water Treatment Facility’s main features
Infographic of the facility's processes
The project supports local efforts to address California’s drought by reducing the use of high-quality drinking water to irrigate our public spaces and parks. At full capacity, the treatment facility will save the Malibu community 70 million gallons of much-needed drinking water annually. The $60 million state-of-the-art facility was made possible through the cooperation of Civic Center property owners with assistance from the State Water Board. The City formed a community facilities district to fund the design and then formed an assessment district among Civic Center properties to fund the construction. The City was able to secure a $9 million grant, a 1% interest State Revolving Fund loan of $24.6 million and a 1.7% interest State Revolving Fund Loan of $26.8 million that helps lower the annual assessments for each property owner.
Attendees of the ribbon cutting took guided tours of the facility to view and learn about the system’s major features. Using innovative technology, the facility will capture and treat up to 200,000 gallons of wastewater daily and convert the water for irrigation purposes. The treatment plant uses multiple processes to produce clean, Title 22 recycled water, including particle filtration, centrifuges, ultra-fine filtration membranes, bio-digestion, and UV light to kill any remaining bacteria and viruses.
The plant will improve the quality of life and Malibu experience for residents and visitors by replacing outdated septic systems. Reverse air pressure in all buildings prevents bad odors from escaping, and the air that is drawn out is pushed out through a bed of mulch and wood chips, forming an all-natural, chemical-free filtration process to reduce the impact of foul smells on the surrounding community.
The facility represents a responsible approach to managing the region’s most precious resource: water. The millions of gallons of clean, recycled water produced will irrigate popular community gathering areas and public spaces, including Legacy Park, Bluffs Park, and City Hall.
Like Malibu, forward thinking municipalities and public agencies throughout California are implementing local water supply projects, including wastewater treatment, water recycling, stormwater capture and conservation, to diversify their water supply portfolios, reduce their reliance on imported water supplies and improve overall reliability in the face of climate change. Wastewater treated by the new Civic Center facility represents a meaningful way to help ease the impacts of future drought cycles.
To learn more about the new facility and the City of Malibu's continued commitment to environmental sustainability, please visit www.MalibuCity.org/CCWTF.