Sanitary Sewer Maintenance

Sewer Utility System

Sanitary Sewer Collection Fees

The Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board imposed new regulations that require all cities and districts in Orange County that operate a sewer system to adopt a stringent sewer system management plan.

The plans are intended to reduce the number of sewer overflows that sometimes result in beach closures and other environmental violations. Revenues received from this fee will be used only for the sanitary sewer collection system to help with:

  • Administrative Overhead
  • Billing expenses
  • Capital improvements
  • Maintenance and operations
  • Reserves

Sewer System Management Plan

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) adopted Order Number 2006-0003-DWQ that requires all publicly owned sewage collection systems having more than one mile of pipeline develop, implement and fund a Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP) which establishes the minimum requirements under which a public collection system must be operated and maintained.

The City conducts regular inspections and maintenance of the sewer system. Maintenance activities include, annual line flushing of the entire system and closed circuit television inspections (CCTV) to determine pipeline conditions and identify damaged sections.

Placentia's Sewer System Management Plan (PDF)

Fee Structure

The sanitary sewer maintenance fee is based on the use of the sewer system as it correlates to the consumption of water by different users. The user class fee per 100 cubic feet of water (ccf) is as follows:

  • Single-family, residential - $0.35
  • Multi-family, residential - $0.39
  • Commercial / industrial - $0.37
  • Institutional - $0.25
  • Government and public - $0.35

Fats, Oils and Grease Control Program (FOG)

In an effort to reduce or eliminate sewage spills caused by accumulations of fats, oils and grease (FOG) in its sanitary collection system and to remain compliant with the regulations imposed by the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, Waste Discharge Requirements, the City of Placentia has developed its FOG control program. The FOG control program consists of a FOG control ordinance and control program that was implemented on December 30, 2004.

View more information on the City's FOG Program.

Additional Information

If you need to report a sewer overflow during regular City Hall hours please call (714) 993-8245, and 911 after hours.