Reusable Treatment By-products
The wastewater treatment process leaves a dry, earthy-smelling material
called biosolids that makes a great soil amendment.
Class A Quality
The biosolids generated by Goleta Sanitary District are rated Class A
by the US Environmental Protection Agency, making them a quality soil
amendment. To maintain the Class A rating, the District processes the
biosolids carefully and tests every batch for a wide range of contaminants.
Biosolids are Free
Biosolids are a key ingredient in many commercial soil amendments.
Call the District at 967-4519 if you have any questions
are available on a first come first serve basis
Please note the following -
• This material is not to be used as a top soil and it must be turned
into your soil
• It is not recommended for use with root vegetables
• Please bring your own small garbage bags or containers for transport,
there is a shovel available for your convenience; we do not have any prepackaged
amendment at this time.
• Pick up days/hours are M-TH 8-4, Friday 8-3
• Please make sure to check in at the administrative office during
each of your visits
Components of Goleta Sanitary District Biosolids
2015 Annual Report
The District’s solids treatment anaerobic digesters generate
digester gas in the process of decomposing organic materials. This gas
is composed of about 60% methane, is highly flammable and has a high heat
energy value. The gas is collected and used to heat the digesters used
in the solids treatment process as well as to heat on-site buildings,
thereby significantly reducing the District’s consumption of natural
Goleta Sanitary District produces higher quality secondary treated water
and discharges it safely into the ocean. By adding a third stage of treatment,
a portion of the secondary treated water is raised to a higher quality
level and becomes recycled water. The water is then pumped by Goleta Water
District to customers for use on large landscapes such as golf courses
and schools. Reclaimed water is also used to flush toilets in some of
the most recently constructed larger buildings in Goleta.
Cooperative Project with Goleta Water
Goleta Water District added a new recycled water pipeline to the
treatment plant and the recycled water project was born. Together, the
two Districts are collecting wastewater, treating it and recycling it
for landscape irrigation, saving up to 300 million gallons of potable
water each year for residents of Goleta.
A New Source of Water
Goleta Sanitary District's treatment process produces a supply
of highly treated wastewater that was simply being discharged into the
ocean. To take better advantage of this water, the Sanitary District added
a new and sophisticated tertiary treatment process.
Recycled Water is Safe
Recycled water has been used safely in California for decades.
Its use is carefully monitored by local, state and federal regulators.
Sophisticated and proven treatment processes, the specially designed and
built recycled water pipeline, and stringent user guidelines assure that
the water is used safely and efficiently.
Water Monitoring Program
Water Annual Report 2015
Everyone Benefits from Recycled Water
Recycled water customers benefit by having a new and reliable supply of
water that isn't affected by drought. All Goleta Valley residents benefit
because recycled water releases precious and limited potable water supplies
for use by everyone.