City of Palmdale Public Works
38250 Sierra Highway
The Utilities Division provides the City with a cost-effective, dependable Sewer
Maintenance Program and high quality Recycled Water Program at a reasonable cost
to city facilities and schools. The Division's responsibilities include addressing
the immediate needs of the residents and facilities, directing the funds invested
into the programs to the sewer system and recycled water system serving the City,
and helping to ensure that the City is compliant with all applicable regulations.
To provide high quality recycled water at a reasonable cost to city facilities.
To work with the community and other recycled water retailing agencies to reduce
the amount of water waste that is generated by the City; to ensure that all water
is used efficiently to help prevent the shortage of recycled water; and to provide
easy to use and convenient services to the community for the implementation of local
In 2009, the City of Palmdale became the retail recycled water supplier for that
portion of the City of Palmdale not served by Los Angeles County Waterworks, District
No. 40. The Recycled Water section is sanctioned to install and maintained the backbone
and distribution system for the City's recycled water region to provide recycled
water to city facilities such as parks and landscape maintenance districts. The
City's goal is to provide 2,000 acre-feet of water to city facilities and schools
upon build out of the recycled water system and reduce the city's dependence on
imported water as mandated by the State.
Work with other recycled water-retailing agencies to ensure that adequate recycled
water supply and pressure are available to the City in the event of a disaster.
Implement required agreements and ensure compliance with state regulations for users
on the reclamation distribution system.
Provide guidance, training education materials, and signage for landscape and other
uses of reclaimed water.
Monitor reports and complaints of landscape ordinance violations.
Work with retailing agencies, residents, and businesses on the implementation of
local landscaping and water wasting ordinances.
Work with other recycled water retailing agencies to ensure that adequate recycled
water supply is available for development of new industrial and professional businesses
and planning, designing, and constructing facilities.
Key Goals & Objectives for Fiscal Year 2011-12:
- Complete Recycled Water Backbone line design from Palmdale Water Reclamation Plant
to the proposed Palmdale Hybrid Power Plant.
- Establish Disaster Preparedness Programs with other recycled water retailing agencies
and potable water agencies.
- Amend Recycled Water Facilities Plan to include new developments and newly constructed
- Design and construct Phase 2 of the Recycled Water Facilities Plan to provide recycled
water for city facilities.
- Obtain funding through grants to construct Phase 2 of the Recycled Water Facilities
To provide the City with a cost-effective, dependable
Sewer Maintenance Program, which will address the immediate needs of the residents,
will direct the funds invested into the program to the sewer system serving the
City, and will help to ensure that the City is compliant with all applicable regulations.
On June 8, 2006, the City established a sewer collection service charge to fund
for the collection, maintenance, and operation of the Palmdale sewer system. The
Sewer Maintenance section currently maintains 396 miles of sewers ranging in size
from 8 to 21-inches in diameter, 8,441 manholes, two pump stations, and 2,790 feet
of force sewer main for the City's residents and businesses. Sanitary Sewer Overflows
and Hot Spot cleanings are contracted with the Los Angeles County Sewer Maintenance
Division. A private contractor performs routine cleanings and Closed Circuit Television.
The City currently cleans 836,000 feet and videos 258,000 feet of sewers per year.
The Utilities Division activities include monitoring and operating the sanitary
sewer collection system through construction, reconstruction, maintenance, and repairs
on the system along with monitoring and managing the collection system owners and
operators to reduce sanitary sewer overflows and discharges to the lowest level
possible through enhanced maintenance practices.
Key Goals & Objectives for Fiscal Year 2011-12:
- Seek wide-range grants and other funding opportunities to maintain and expand services.
- Update the City's
Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP).
- Perform an audit of the sewer connections within the City for customer classifications
to better assure that the annual sewer service charges are being fairly and equitably
- Perform a rate study for fiscal years 2011 through 2013.
- Create a
F.O.G. public service announcement for Channel 27.
- Increase the staffing to provide additional technical and clerical review of new
requirements and maintenance activities.
- Prepare an Emergency Operations Plan for Council's adoption.
- Implement the use of RMConsole to assist staff in review of new sewer systems.