State septic bans are not going away.
Groundwater contamination due to septic systems is a problem throughout the United States. This is because when untreated wastewater is discharged into the soil, nitrates and other pollutants can reach and contaminate groundwater.
In California alone, 66 communities have septic discharge prohibitions in place.
In 2007, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, the State agency responsible for protecting water quality, identified the Town of Yucca Valley as a top priority for eliminating the use of septic systems. In 2011, the Board passed a resolution prohibiting the discharge of septic systems in parts of Yucca Valley beginning May 19, 2016 (Phase 1). Additional parts of Yucca Valley will be subject to septic prohibitions in May 19, 2019 (Phase 2) and May 19, 2022 (Phase 3).
The Prohibition is not implemented or controlled by Hi-Desert Water District, and will remain in place prior and after constructing the centralized sewer system. If you have questions or would like more information about the prohibition, please contact the Colorado Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board at (760) 346-7494.
The State has the power to use non-compliance letters, cease and desist orders, civil liability complaints, and fines of up to $5,000 per day against individual property owners in order to achieve compliance.
The community-wide solution (wastewater collection and treatment) is clearly the most cost-effective and reliable option available.