Staying True to Our Mission
We work hard every day to protect public health and the environment and according to the Marine Monitoring Annual Report, we can proudly say that OCSD’s discharge of final effluent to coastal water has had no significant effect on either the marine environment or risks to human health.
The report that was released by OCSD for 2017-18 fiscal year details the monitoring efforts and the many tests that our ocean monitoring and laboratory teams run to make sure that our oceans are in top shape. Our Ocean Team monitors ocean water quality and fish and invertebrate community health in the area of our treated wastewater discharge. They ensure that ocean water quality and marine life communities exposed to the effluent discharge are similar to unexposed sites. Some invertebrates are more adversely affected by pollution than others and are considered “pollution sensitive,” while others are less affected and are considered as “pollution tolerant.” The presence or absence of these critters is an indicator of community health and so are a valuable part of our environmental health assessment. The Ocean Team also take fish tissue and ocean bottom samples which are analyzed for contaminants by our Laboratory Team.
The 2017-18 report details the monitoring efforts and the many tests that our ocean monitoring and laboratory teams run to make sure that our oceans are in top shape. With concentrations of metals and organic contaminants well below the levels of concern, and an abundance of invertebrate and fish life around the outfall, it is clear that the exhaustive monitoring and testing has paid off. Want to learn more, read the current Marine Monitoring Annual Report.
A look into the amazing work done by our Marine Monitoring Team.
06/19/2019 9:32 AM
Our green fleet initiative continues with the addition of OCSD’s first EVER CNG engine, sewer combo cleaning truck.
02/11/2019 6:43 AM
Did you know that when it rains, you should conserve water?
01/17/2019 3:11 PM
The Orange County Water District and Orange County Sanitation District received the 2018 Award of Excellence from the Orange County Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America for the agencies’ “GWRS Bottled Water Campaign."
10/04/2018 11:00 AM
This past week, the Orange County Sanitation District was featured on SoCal Safari’s Earth Day Special.
04/20/2018 10:44 AM
This year is the second year of OCSD’s two-year budget process.
07/05/2017 2:57 PM
Check out our new Recruiting Video!
06/28/2017 1:51 PM
On Saturday, OCSD will be participating in Fountain Valley’s 60th Anniversary. Our General Manager and Vice Chairman will be participating in a parade by riding in one of OCSD’s Pull Rig trucks.
06/20/2017 7:43 AM
OCSD was recently mentioned in Source Magazine.
05/30/2017 1:31 PM
We have some exciting news! OCSD is highlighted in the Spring edition of California Water Environment Association's Wastewater Professional magazine.
05/15/2017 3:19 PM
OCSD and the Orange County Water District were recently mentioned in Time Magazine in an article titled “What it Will Take to Rebuild America”
05/09/2017 2:47 PM
OCSD’s Director of Engineering was recently mentioned in the April edition of Engineering Contractors Association Magazine (ECA).
04/24/2017 7:57 AM
07/23/2019 8:27 AM
Ruth Zintzun will be joining the Orange County Sanitation District management team as a Purchasing and Contracts Manager on Tuesday (July 16).
07/16/2019 6:22 AM
07/08/2019 2:28 PM
As we welcome the summer, Heal the Bay released their annual Beach Report Card grading over 500 California beach locations during the summer, winter, and wet weather events, based on daily and weekly bacteria levels in the surf zone.
06/20/2019 9:09 AM
This week OCSD Board Member are in Washington D.C. to talk with Congressional leaders.
06/17/2019 3:32 PM
Sewer construction on Newport Blvd is now complete. Read more...