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Report hazardous spills, illegal dumping, storm drain blockages, sanitary sewer backups or overflows in your community.
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Call the City of Palo Alto Public Works - Watershed Protection at 650-329-2598 or email email@example.com.
MAP & Directions
To the City of Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant and the Household Hazardous Waste Station.
WATER QUALITY CONTROL PLANT
The mission of the Regional Water Quality Control Plant (RWQCP) is to protect San Francisco Bay by cleaning and treating wastewater before it is discharged to San Francisco Bay.
Owned and operated by the City of Palo Alto, the Plant treats wastewater for the communities of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Stanford University and the East Palo Alto Sanitary District.
Regional Water Quality Control Plant
2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303
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Take a walking tour of the Regional Water Quality Control Plant and see how operators, scientists, engineers and educators work together to clean 20 million gallons of wastewater every day before it's released to San Francisco Bay. To schedule a tour call 650-329-2396.
The RWQCP is planning and designing a new biosolids facility.
- Preliminary Design Report for Dewatering/Truck Loadout Facility for the RWQCP
- Thermal Hydrolysis Process and Mesophilic Anaerobic Digestion Facilities for the RWQCP Technical Memoranda
- Bay Area Biosolids to Energy Coalition Membership
- Membership approval report from City Manager's office, meeting date 12/10/12
- Biosolids Facility Plan – Final
- Organics Facilities Plan
The RWQCP is pursuing the construction of an additional outfall pipe to convey effluent (cleaned and treated wastewater) to San Francisco Bay. The new pipe would run adjacent to the existing outfall pipe which releases effluent near the Palo Alto Airport.
Construction efforts would also include maintenance for the existing 52-year old outfall pipe, and pump replacement for effluent discharged to nearby Renzel Marsh adjacent to East Bayshore Road. Together, these projects would ensure reliable transport of treated effluent under projected climate change and sea level rise scenarios. Both projects are recommendations of the Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP), completed in October 2012 and accepted by Council in July 2012 (Staff Report ID 2914).
A public meeting to discuss this project has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 5-6:30pm. The meeting will be held at Cubberley Community Center, Room D1.
- City Council Staff Report (ID#7245): Design Services for WQCP Primary Outfall Line Design (October 17, 2016)
- Regional Water Quality Control Plant New Outfall Project: Mitigated Negative Declaration
- Notice of Intent (NOI) to Adopt a Draft Initial Study and Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration
Energy/compost Facility StudyThe RWQCP participated in studies related to a compost/energy recovery facility.
RWQCP Historical Pollutant Loadings and Removals
- Annual Average Pollutant and Flow Information
- Partner Allocations and Flow Rates
- View charts of trunkline and influent data from 1995 through 2009. Charges for the RWQCP partners are based on wastewater flow and ammonia, chemical oxygen demand, and suspended solids concentrations.