Morro Bay’s New Water Reclamation Facility
Following denial by the California Coastal Commission of the Coastal Development Permit (CDP) for construction to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant at its existing location in 2013, the City of Morro Bay began planning a new Water Reclamation Facility (WRF). During 2013 and the beginning of 2014, the community defined goals to guide the planning and design process for the new WRF.
The WRF will be owned and operated by the City of Morro Bay, and will serve residents of the City as well as any customers under contract with the City. Siting studies concluding in June 2016 resulted in City Council selecting a preferred site for planning and permitting near the South Bay Boulevard exit of Highway 1. The project will require wastewater collection system modifications, a new pumping station, and a new force main to convey the raw wastewater to the site. Preparation of a Facility Master Plan is currently underway by consultant Black & Veatch that will further define required elements of the treatment process and facility, and guide the full WRF design process.
The ultimate goal for the WRF is to produce the maximum amount of reclaimed water feasible to supplement the City of Morro Bay’s water supply. The ultimate use of the reclaimed water will be determined as part of the upcoming Master Reclamation Plan, but potentially includes groundwater recharge, agricultural offsets, and/or indirect or direct potable use to augment existing City water supplies.