Attention Businesses:

Join the City of Morro Bay for “First Fridays” Virtual Office Hours to Learn More About WRF Pipelines Construction and Meet with the Project Team

Friday, May 9, 2021 at 8 a.m. via Zoom

Register Here for a Virtual Business Meeting

The City of Morro Bay Water Reclamation Facility Program will replace the City’s existing wastewater treatment plant with an advanced water purification facility that will meet state regulations, protect the environment, and contribute a safe and reliable water source for Morro Bay’s homes and businesses. The project will create a drought buffer and is capable of providing up to 80 percent of the City’s water needs in the future.

Construction began in 2020 and will be completed by 2023.

Project Features

New one million gallon per day advanced treatment facility

Two new lift stations

Approximately 3.5 miles of pipelines

Wells to inject the purified water into the groundwater aquifer

  • Ecology Today

    New one million gallon per day advanced treatment facility

  • Dynamic Ecology

    Two new lift stations

  • Plant Ecology

    Approximately 3.5 miles of pipelines

  • Recycling Rubbish

    Wells to inject the purified water into the groundwater aquifer


Pipeline Construction Begins on Main Street

Pipeline construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 5, on Main Street between Highway 1 and Quintana Road. Two-way traffic will remain open with shifted lanes.

Please read the full construction notice here.


The RV dump station previously located on City of Morro Bay property at 160 Atascadero Road is permanently closed. Please visit Morro Bay State Park, Morro Dunes RV Park or Morro Strand RV Park for RV waste management services. This property is the future site of a lift station that will be constructed as part of the City’s Water Reclamation Facility Program.

Construction Begins on WRF Pipelines and Lift Stations

In early February 2021, construction is slated to begin on the City of Morro Bay’s Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) Pipelines and Lift Stations in two locations: 1. On Quintana Road moving southeast from La Loma to South Bay Boulevard and 2. At Main Street and Quintana Road moving southeast along Quintana Road.

Please see the map and construction notice here.

Tree Removal Scheduled for Morro Bay Water Reclamation Facility Pipelines

As early as Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, the City of Morro Bay’s contractor will be conducting tree removal work in approved areas along the Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) Pipelines alignment in Morro Bay. By early February 2021, the City’s contractor is scheduled to begin construction on the WRF Pipelines and Offsite Facilities, and the trees are impeding construction and must be removed to complete the project. Read the full construction notice here.

Read full news release here.

City of Morro Bay Administration Celebrates Progress on Water Reclamation Facility Construction

On Monday, October 12, Morro Bay Mayor and City Councilmembers visited the Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) construction site on South Bay Boulevard north of Highway 1 for a progress update and tour of construction activities on the City’s largest-ever infrastructure project. “It is great to see construction underway on a project that has been talked about for decades,” said Morro Bay City Manager Scott Collins. “Significant progress has been made on earth moving work, concrete and rebar placement, and trenching and pipeline installation.”

Read full news release here.

Construction Begins on Largest Infrastructure Project in Morro Bay History

The end of March marked another significant milestone as the City of Morro Bay commenced construction for the Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) Program at the site on South Bay Boulevard north of Highway 1.

The City’s design-build delivery process allows for innovation and efficiency, with an emphasis on protecting the environment. Firms involved include design-build joint-venture, Filanc/Black & Veatch, construction manager, Mimiaga Engineering Group, and program manager, Carollo Engineers.

Read the full news release here.

COVID-19 Safety Notice

Beginning March 19, 2020, San Luis Obispo County issued shelter-in-place guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Water infrastructure operations, maintenance and construction work remains essential, including the Water Reclamation Facility project. City personnel and construction crews will adhere to all health and safety protocols in place for personal protective equipment and physical distancing. Please call 877-MORROBAYH2O if you have questions about the COVID-19 safety procedures in place on the City’s essential Public Works projects.

City Secures Millions in Federal Funding For Largest City Infrastructure Program

Monday, March 9, marked a historic milestone for the City of Morro Bay and its Water Reclamation Facility Program as it secured up to $62 million in low-interest funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. Alone, this loan will make available up to 49 percent of the project cost in low-interest funding, which is ultimately expected to save Morro Bay ratepayers $29 million over the life of the project.

Read the full news release here.

Underground Utility Work Completed for Water Reclamation Facility Project Pipelines

From November to January, the City of Morro Bay conducted work on Atascadero Road, Main Street, Quintana Road and South Bay Boulevard to gather information about and confirm the locations of buried utilities. The work provides the City’s team with important information about the location and depth of the existing utilities in the public right-of-way.

California Coastal Commission Issues Coastal Development Permit

The California Coastal Commission issued the Coastal Development Permit (CDP) for the City of Morro Bay Water Reclamation Facility project in November 2019, marking an important step in the permitting process for the City’s largest-ever infrastructure project. The CDP was unanimously approved by the California Coastal Commission in July 2019. View the permit here.

60% Design Complete for Pipeline Project

The 60% design of the offsite facilities, including the pump stations, pipelines and injection wells, is complete. The pipeline design team has all field investigation information to complete the design by the end of 2019 or early 2020. The construction of pipelines and pump stations will begin in July 2020.

Through November 2019, project team members are meeting with businesses along the pipeline alignments to discuss individual business operations and access needs. These business insights will help the City prepare traffic control requirements, mitigation measures and bid specifications for construction.

90% Design Underway for Water Reclamation Facility

The 90% design for the Water Reclamation Facility is underway by the Design-Build team, and is expected to be complete in November 2019. The final grading package for the South Bay Boulevard site was completed in Fall 2019. Because the project will be completed using a design-build method, construction will start prior to the receipt of final plans and specifications.