Will Phase 2 and 3 property owners have to pay for a 10 million-gallon recycled water storage tank?
There is no intention to build a 10 million-gallon recycled water storage tank as part of any phase of the project. Reference in the EIR to this amount of storage is because the Regional Water Quality Control Board asked the City to explore different storage scenarios as part of studies and reports it requested.

Maximizing reuse of recycled water is one of the project objectives. Although availability of 10 million gallons of storage would allow for maximum reuse of the recycled water produced by the treatment facility, maximized reuse is not feasible and not needed to make the project ‘work.’ Extensive field testing and modeling of the groundwater basin indicate that there is sufficient injection capacity to dispose of the total volume of effluent from all phases of the project, assuming zero recycled water use.

The siting difficulties and expense of providing 10 million gallons of storage would jeopardize the feasibility of the project, and is not an essential part of the project. Therefore, it is not a recommended project component.

When the project moves into Phase 2 (or when it moves into Phase 3), additional recycled water storage may be considered, but would only be implemented if acceptable sites are found in proximity to areas that would use the recycled water. This may require additional environmental (i.e., CEQA) documentation, depending on the site sizes, locations, etc.

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1. Why is the City making property owners connect to the sewer project?
2. What is the scientific basis for implementing this project? How do we know it will work to clean up Malibu Creek and Lagoon?
3. Why is the Winter Canyon property the preferred site for the treatment plant? Why were other sites rejected?
4. How is it safe to locate a treatment plant across the street from a school and dense multifamily development? What other examples are there of treatment plants being sited in this type of location?
5. Was any consideration given to the effects the new treatment plant will have on property values for residents across the street?
6. What are the water quality standards that will be met for treated wastewater that is used for recycling and for dispersal into the lower aquifer that flows to the ocean?
7. Are there airborne pathogens or odors that will leave the treatment plant site and affect the schools / residences across the street?
8. Are there violations in effect for the two other treatment plants- the County-operated plant serving the condominiums and the former plant on the new CCWTF site?
9. Will any parking spaces lost to the injection well installation on Malibu Road be replaced?
10. Does the Phase 1 project include storage for delivery of recycled water to properties for irrigation?
11. Will Phase 2 and 3 property owners have to pay for a 10 million-gallon recycled water storage tank?
12. Will Phase 2 and 3 property owners be paying for infrastructure, including recycled water storage, required for Phase 1?
13. Will Serra Canyon households be charged for use of recycled water? If Serra Canyon does not vote to hook up in Phase 2, will there be any change to the recycled water dispersal plans or constraints fo
14. How far do the Phase 1 collection and distribution systems extend?
15. Serra property owners commissioned a study that shows no impact on Malibu Creek and Malibu Lagoon from these properties. Why is the City requiring them to be in the prohibition zone?
16. What infrastructure will be in the floodplain and how protected is this infrastructure?
17. What happens if there is a major earthquake?
18. What will prevent sewage or treatment chemicals from spilling into the wetlands on the treatment plant site, or flowing under Pacific Coast Hwy, if there is a power outage or a major backup?
19. What about homes that sit below the level of the street, such as in the Malibu Knolls area?