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Ordinance to Limit Septic Waste Transfer in the Works

The Malibu Wastewater Advisory Committee will discuss the early stages of an ordinance that would regulate where businesses which remove, pump or transport septic waste can take the sewage.

Complaints from residents about a sewage smell from trucks that transport septic waste out of Malibu have prompted city staff to begin work on an ordinance.

The Malibu Wastewaster Advisory Committee will discuss the draft ordinance, which seeks to regulate where businesses which remove, pump or transport septic waste can take the sewage, at its meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Zuma Room at Malibu City Hall.

The committee members are expected to provide feedback and a recommendation on whether the Septic Pumper Truck Transfer Ordinance should move forward to the City Attorney and the City Manager.

According to a staff report, companies that remove septic waste use smaller trucks to go up canyon roads to a larger truck near main connecting roads.

"This practice has resulted in complaints from the community, as the transfer of septic material from the smaller truck to the larger truck releases odors in the surrounding area," the report states. "Additional concerns were expressed regarding the possible spilage of waste during transfer, resulting in septic waste entering storm drains."

Malibu Patch will have more on this story soon.

Cece Stein September 28, 2012 at 08:39 PM
This problem will be getting more and chronic as increasingly more and more visitors come to use trails, beaches, restaurants and shop for name brand designer clothing. Expect more and more stomach wrenching fumes wafting up from the ground and more septic pump out transfers as more and more people gotta go when they gotta go, unless you can convince the visitors to hold it in til they get back home and out of the Malibu city limits. Good luck with that.

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