Monte Vista Water District to Study Replacing Failing Septic Systems

During a special meeting last week, the Monte Vista Water District (MVWD) Board of Directors voted unanimously to study the removal of septic tanks from an unincorporated area of San Bernardino County and replace them with sewer service.

MVWD staff recommended the Board activate the district’s latent power for provision of sewer service in the unincorporated portions of its service area to address the fact that property owners lack access to municipal sewer service, thus requiring them to treat domestic wastewater through onsite septic systems.

These systems, many of which are failing, are a major contributor of contaminants leading to ongoing Chino Basin water quality concerns.

In 2018, Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) conducted a regional Septic System Conversion Feasibility Study where they found approximately 21,800 septic systems within the service area and that conversion of those septic systems came with multiple benefits.

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