SANTA CLARA, Calif.
— A septic system at the former landfill site of the former Los Angeles County Public Works District (LACPWD) is slated to close next year as part of a $2.9 billion effort to shore up the city’s wastewater infrastructure, officials announced Thursday.
The facility, at the Santa Clara City Center, will be shut down by December, said Dan Vetter, director of the Santa Cruz County Water District, which owns the landfill site.
Vetter said the system has been operating without a single pump since the water started flowing back into the sewer system in November.
The city will pay to take the equipment off the landfill and into a septic storage tank, where it will be put under continuous monitoring, Vetter said.
The city has already paid $300,000 to replace the water line in the landfill, Vette said.
He said the city plans to install pumps and other equipment for about a month at the landfill to replenish the system.
The landfill is expected to be closed by December.
A project called the Santa Clarita Watershed Restoration Project will provide $300 million to the city of Santa Cruz, as well as $250 million to Santa Cruz’s Water Supply and Sewerage Department, Vettersaid.
The project will also restore the citys wastewater infrastructure.
The water system has failed to keep up with increased demand, Veteersaid, and has been plagued by problems with corroded pipes.
The problem is especially acute in areas with high levels of lead in the water, Vito Carranza, a spokesman for the city, said in a statement.
LACPSD officials have previously said the facility is under budget and will be closed, though they did not have a timeline.
The former landfill was built in 1965 to house the county’s wastewater treatment plants.
The site was demolished in the 1990s, and construction began on the new landfill in 2009.
Last year, the state of California approved a plan to sell the landfill in the Santa Monica Mountains.
The property, located in the city limits of Santa Monica, has been the subject of a protracted public-private land swap and a lawsuit by LACPwd.