This week is the first-ever Water Professionals Appreciation Week in California. The new annual designation highlights the important role of water industry professionals and local public water agencies in ensuring safe and reliable water, wastewater and recycled water.



Dave Meyers, Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator and Michelle Courtroul, Laboratory Technician


Did you know that every day our dedicated staff at the award-winning Santa Cruz Wastewater Treatment Facility process about 7 million gallons of our wastewater from sinks, showers, toilets, washing machines and dishwashers?



Frank Espinosa, Sr. , Wastewater Collection Senior Maintenance Technologist, and Art Lorenson, Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator


They operate an all-natural treatment process including energy recovery that saves customers money. And the facility’s reuse of bio solids and reclaimed water are helping to protect our environment while providing customers with an essential quality of life service.

Upon arriving at the treatment facility, the wastewater undergoes biological processes that are environmentally friendly. It is cleaned much like a running stream purifies water using sophisticated engineering and all-natural biological techniques.


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Here is a 3-minute video that follows wastewater as it leaves your house through the City of Santa Cruz Wastewater Treatment Facility process. You can see exactly how the staff and state-of-the-art treatment ensure that the water that exits the plant and enters Monterey Bay is safe and clean for all life in our community. Take a look; after all it’s Water Professionals Appreciation Week!

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