On June 8, 2006, the City established a sewer collection service charge to fund the maintenance and operation of a City-owned sanitary sewer collection system. On July 1, 2009, Palmdale successfully withdrew from the L.A. County Public Works Sewer Maintenance District, giving the City full control and responsibility for the sanitary sewer collection system within its boundary. Formation of the Sewer Maintenance Division was necessary to inspect, operate, and maintain the 395 miles of gravity-flow sewer mainline, over 8,300 manholes, 2 pump stations, and 2,790 feet of force main sewer that serve Palmdale’s residents and businesses.
To provide the City of Palmdale with a cost-effective and dependable Sewer Maintenance Program that will address the immediate needs of the residents, direct the funds invested into the program into the collection system, and help to ensure that the City is compliant with all applicable regulations.
Sewer Maintenance responsibilities include managing, monitoring, and maintaining the sanitary sewer collection system, with the ultimate goal of reducing sanitary sewer overflows and discharges to the lowest level possible. The Sewer Maintenance section also administers the City’s Industrial Waste Program, which protects the system infrastructure and publicly-owned sewage treatment plants by preventing the discharge of Fats, Oils, and Grease (F.O.G.) and other potentially damaging pollutants into the collection system.
Sewer Maintenance activities include:
Sewer Maintenance Goals & Objectives for Fiscal Year 2014-2015:
- Direct the assessment funds into sanitary sewer collection system improvement and maintenance to satisfy and exceed the expectations of Palmdale residents and businesses.
- Oversee expansion of the collection system through new construction.
- Manage the repair and/or replacement of damaged sewer mainlines and manholes.
- Establish, adjust, and adhere to sewer mainline and manhole preventative maintenance schedules that include inspection, cleaning, and root & pest abatement.
- Respond quickly to service requests from customers.
- Issue Industrial Waste Permits and perform yearly inspections to ensure compliance with the Industrial Waste Program.
- Confirm the pump stations are inspected regularly and respond to any alarm.
- Coordinate collection system operation and maintenance with other connecting agencies, including L.A. County Sewer Maintenance and the County Sanitation District.
- Educate the public on proper and safe discharge into the collection system through public meetings and the distribution of informative brochures and items.
- Stay current with regulations and requirements from the California State Water Resources Control Board.
- Create an emergency contact list with local contracts for emergency repairs.
- Perform a rate study for fiscal years 2013 through 2015.
- Go paperless.
- Link the CCTV inspection data and media to both the GIS and the OASIS Maintenance Management System.
- Plan, design, and construct the necessary gravity flow sewer to eliminate the Avenue S Pump Station.
- Raise, upgrade, and/or convert approximately 200 manholes.