wastewater treatment plant

Sewers: what goes in must come out

What goes into the sewer eventually ends up at the city of Colfax’s wastewater treatment plant. The treatment plant is a complex biological facility. In order to maintain a good ...

City loses another round in court

The city of Colfax may have lost its plea for leniency. On April 22, a Federal judge denied the city’s appeal of contempt charges based on violations of a 2008 settlement agreem ...

City agrees to hire sewage plant consultant

Colfax City Council members tackled a new round of sewer-related ordinances Wednesday night. Council members agreed to enter into a three-year contract with Larry Walker Associate ...

City faces contempt charges over sewage pollution

The city of Colfax is facing more than $2 million in penalties for ongoing wastewater treatment violations Colfax residents Allen and Nancy Edwards and the Oakland-based Environme ...

Council takes emergency action on Wastewater plant

Colfax City Council members declared an emergency ordinance Wednesday evening to relocate and install new sand filters at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.It’s the ...

City seeks wastewater treatment funds

Colfax City Council members both funded and sought funding for wastewater treatment plant projects Tuesday night. Additionally, the council amended its municipal code to change cou ...

Problems continue at treatment plant

Remember the $15 million wastewater treatment plant that was going to solve all of our problems? A six-page letter the city received in August from Lawyers For Clean Water (LFCW) ...

Council meeting focuses on cost overruns, budget

Last summer’s rate protest over sewer fee increases will cost Colfax approximately $36,000 in additional expenses to complete the construction of the city’s new wastewater trea ...

Senator proactive on behalf of city of Placerville

I recently had the opportunity to read your editorial concerning the problems that Placer County and local governments face when dealing with wastewater treatment issues. I was con ...

New year heralds new treatment facility

It’s a complex of concrete and steel interconnecting ponds, pipes and pumps controlled by exotic electronics that aerates, filters, denitrifies and disinfects raw sewage into a c ...

Sewer issues dominate city council meeting

Colfax’s new wastewater treatment plant will go online as scheduled on Jan. 1, but it still needs one more critical piece of equipment. City Manager Joan Phillipe and Jack Harbo ...

Another costly mistake at city’s sewer plant

On Oct. 24 a highly chlorinated discharge of some 200,000 gallons of effluent into Smuthers Creek went unnoticed by the on call plant operator for approximately 7.5 hours. The amou ...

Pump failure results in sewer 'spill'

A pump/analyzer failed at the city’s interim wastewater treatment plant early in the morning of Friday, Oct. 24. As a result, an estimated 200,000 gallons of chlorinated efflue ...

Colfax will pay $450,000 to settle sewage litigation

The city of Colfax and the Edwards family have agreed to a $450,000 settlement, according to a 43-page document filed with the United States District Court, Eastern District of Cal ...

Flushed with pride: State should step up on sewer dilemma

To flush or not to flush? Fortunately, that’s not the question Placer County and municipal governments are faced with in dealing with mounting wastewater treatment issues. Local ...