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Santa Cruz County Sanitation District (SCCSD)

General Information

The Santa Cruz County Sanitation District is a non‐profit public agency which provides sewage collection, treatment and disposal services to the Live Oak, Capitola, Soquel, and Aptos areas. The District's customers generate approximately 5‐6 million gallons of sewage a day, which is transported from our Lode Street facility to the wastewater treatment plant at Neary Lagoon.

Neary Lagoon is owned and operated by the City of Santa Cruz. The SCCSD has a service agreement with the City of Santa Cruz to treat our sewage because the district has no wastewater treatment of its own. Through this agreement the District has treatment capacity rights of 8 million gallons per day in the Santa Cruz City wastewater treatment plant. Under an agreement between the District and the City, we are required to pay 8/17 of project costs for treatment modifications. Operation and maintenance costs at the City plant are split in proportion to the total flow, Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) and Suspended Solids (SS) wastewater strengths actually discharged by each agency (please see the Service Charges page for more info). The treated wastewater is discharged to Monterey Bay through a new ocean outfall which is also used by the City of Scotts Valley. Outfall costs, including ocean monitoring, are split in proportion to the total flow of the three agencies.

The Neary Lagoon plant treats a total of approximately 12 million gallons of wastewater per day to a quality level that meets stringent Environmental Protection Agency and State standards for discharge into Monterey Bay.

The County reports SSOs electronically to the California Integrated Water Quality System (CIWQS). Interested parties can obtain more information at the CIWQS website.