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Hearing Set on Permit for Malibu Mesa Plant

The Malibu Mesa Water Reclamation Plant serves a population of about 4,300 at Pepperdine University and the community of Malibu Country Estates.

The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board will hold a public hearing in December on the reissuance of a permit for the Malibu Mesa Water Reclamation Plant.

The plant, which is owned and operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, serves 4,300 people at Pepperdine University and the community of Malibu Country Estates.

The hearing is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 6 at the City of Simi Valley Council Chambers, 2929 Tapo Canyon Road in Simi Valley, according to a notice of public hearing sent out by the RWQCB.

“On the basis of preliminary staff review and application of lawful standards and regulations, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region, tentatively proposes to issue revisions to the discharger’s waste discharge requirements, including effluent limitations and special conditions,” the notice states.

The plant uses treated wastewater to irrigate 141 acres of the 282 developed acres at Pepperdine, according to the notice.

Most of the wastewater from Pepperdine is sent to the plant, which has a capacity of 200,000 gallons a day. Any wastewater that exceeds 165,000 gallons a day is sent to the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District’s Tapia Water Reclamation Facility.

The wastewater generated by the Malibu Country Estates flows directly to the Malibu Mesa Water Reclamation Plant.

The average daily output of the plant, which discharges into a canyon west of Marie Canyon Creek, is 177,000 gallons, according to the notice.

Malibu Patch will have more on this story soon.

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