I have four priorities for Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District.
Improving Our Public Infrastructure
The top priority for Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District (LGVSD) should be to achieve our zero-spill goal. Last year, over 50,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into our neighborhoods. More than 10,000 gallons of raw sewage flowed into the Bay. We must repair our aging treatment plant, pipes and pump stations.
Saving Money for Ratepayers
LGVSD spends more than $300,000 each year on consultants, studies and lawyers. Let’s scrutinize contracts, rates, expenses and overall performance to save money. We need to establish a strict meeting reimbursement policy for board members and staff. We should increase the District’s solar array to generate savings for ratepayers.
Improving Our Environment
Through public education, we can reduce the amount of waste entering our sewer system. We should continue to increase our production, storage and sale of recycled water. We must find a safer and more sustainable way to dispose of our toxic sludge. LGVSD produces and injects approximately 1 million pounds of toxic sludge per year into the pasture on the shore of the Bay.
Helping Homeowners by Expanding Our Lateral Assistance Program
Homeowners are required to repair and sometimes replace their sewer lateral pipes, which connect their homes to the public sewer main. We need to expand LGVSD’s lateral assistance program to help homeowners reduce the financial burden of repairing or replacing their laterals. We must increase awareness about the program because many people don’t know it exists.