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Recycled Water

Reclaimed Water 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 (with the addition and removal of chemicals) and...

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Biosolids

Bio-Solids are nutrient-rich organic materials removed from the wastewater treatment process and are treated so they can be applied as fertilizer or soil amendment. Our District makes bio-solids available free of charge to the public. The availability of free Class A bio-solids are subject to various...

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Environmental Protection

The mission of the Goleta Sanitary District is to protect public health and the environment. This means that we are committed to making sure that the processes we use to treat wastewater are not only consistent with best practices in our field, but that we...

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Collection System

Collecting Wastewater When we flush toilets or drain sinks and appliances, the wastewater seems to simply disappear. Of course, it doesn't. It drains into the wastewater collection system, a 132-mile system of underground pipelines that collects wastewater from throughout the Goleta Valley and transports it almost...

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Green Business Practices

The District is undergoing certification as a Green Business with the Santa Barbara County Green Business Program. Some of these practices include promoting carpooling and energy-saving commuter options for staff, installing low flow plumbing fixtures, replacing lawn landscaping with xeriscaping, the use of biodegradable and...

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Air Quality/Odor Control

The District is required to meet certain air quality requirements in order to operate. Given that the treatment of wastewater has the potential to produce foul odors, the District has invested in two odor control towers which help to “scrub” the air released during in...

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Lab

The District’s on-site laboratory is certified by the California State Water Resources Control Board’s Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program. The laboratory staff performs routine sampling of the District’s wastewater treatment plant processes and conducts testing of reclaimed water and wastewater for the purpose of plant process...

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Utility of the Future

A ‘Utility of the Future (UOTF)’ is defined by clean water utility leaders pioneering innovative technologies and cutting-edge practices, with a focus on resource recovery, efficiency and sustainability. Our pursuit in being a “Utility of the Future” means we continue to embrace innovative, new technologies just...

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Expanded Water Reuse

In 1994 the District partnered with the Goleta Water District to build and operate the region’s first water reclamation facility. To date over 7 billion gallons of water have been recycled for irrigation use in the western Goleta Valley. The District continues to work closely with...

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Mission Statement

We protect public health and the environment by responsible wastewater collection, treatment and resource recovery to meet present and future community needs.