BACKGROUND: The Sewerage Commission – Oroville Region (SC-OR) operates and maintains the Oroville area wastewater treatment plant under the authority of a Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Oroville, Lake Oroville Area Public Utility District and the Thermalito Water and Sewer District. LOAPUD bills wastewater customers for the sewer collection and treatment services provided by LOAPUD and SC-OR through quarterly sewer service billings.
SC-OR has been experiencing increasing wastewater treatment costs. Regulatory changes have created new discharge requirements that are more restrictive for wastewater discharges to freshwater. Currently the SC-OR wastewater treatment plant is not capable of meeting the more stringent effluent limits, requiring improvements to the plant. Compliance with the new standards is mandatory, with significant penalties for noncompliance. Learn more in the attached files.