No Drugs Down the Drain
Help our Environment by Properly Disposing Unused, Unwanted or Expired Medicines
Everyday in California, unwanted or expired medicine is disposed of down the toilet. While this was once recommended practice to protect children and pets from accidental poisonings, studies show that pharmaceuticals can pass through wastewater treatment facilities into creeks, rivers, bays and oceans. In 2002, the U.S. Geological Survey reported that there were pharmaceutical compounds in 80% of waterways tested. Because many of these compounds are designed to be effective in small doses, there is concern that they may have impacts on water quality and wildlife.
Disposing of pharmaceutical wastes – including prescription drugs, over the counter medications and veterinary drugs – into your sink or toilet is no longer acceptable and can potentially harm our ocean environment.
Operation Medicine Cabinet
The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department and Santa Barbara County Public Works have teamed up to install dropboxes to dispose of unused or expired pharmaceutical wastes at the nine Sheriff’s substations throughout Santa Barbara county. For more information about Operation Medicine Cabinet, click here, or go to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s website at www.shsheriff.org.
The unused or expired pharmaceutical dropbox in Carpinteria is available 24 hours a day and is located outside the Carpinteria Sheriff’s substation at:
Carpinteria Sheriff’s Substation
5775 Carpinteria Avenue
Carpinteria, CA 93013
FOG – Fats, Oils and Grease
Flushable Wipes…Not so Flushable
Household Hazardous Waste
South Coast Beach Communities Septic to Sewer Project
The Carpinteria Sanitary District is responding to requests from several beach communities to provide them sanitary sewer service. These communities, which include Rincon Point, Sandyland Cove, Sand Point Road, and Padaro Lane, currently use on-site septic system to manage generated wastewater. There is evidence to suggest that septic tank effluent may be impairing nearshore water quality and the septic to sewer conversion project is widely supported in the community.
The District’s Board of Directors certified a Final Environmental Impact Report for the South Coast Beach Communities Septic to Sewer Project in September 2004. To achieve the best possible outcome, additional engineering studies and supplemental environmental review was necessary prior to moving forward. Project implementation is now scheduled to commence in 2006 for most of the communities involved.
Via Real Force Main Replacement Project
In 2005, the District completed installation of a new force main pipeline in Via Real to convey wastewater from its Lift Station No. 4. Approximately 3,500 feet of new 10-inch diameter HDPE pipeline was installed to replace the existing force main which was undersized and had failed on several occasions. To minimize traffic impacts and to avoid construction problems associated with high groundwater conditions, the new pipeline was installed using a trenchless technology called horizontal directional drilling. The result is a seamless pipe that is projected to last for 100 years or more.
Collection System Rehabilitation Program – Phase 1
A significant portion of the District’s wastewater collection system was constructed between the 1930’s and the 1950’s. These old pipes had exceeded their design service life and structural problems were developing.
The District initiated a major CCTV inspection program and undertook a system-wide condition assessment project that was completed in 2002. These efforts culminated in a Wastewater Collection System Rehabilitation Plan that summarized identified structural defects within the system and established a priority list for replacement and repair of buried infrastructure.
The Phase 1 Collection System Rehabilitation Program involves replacement and/or rehabilitation of pipelines within the District’s wastewater collection system that have been found to have significant structural defects in previous studies. It is anticipated that up to four miles of sewer pipeline, or 10% of the entire system, will be rehabilitated using trenchless methods or replaced using open cut construction in FY 2005/06. Approximately $1,100,000 has been budgeted for Phase 1 work.
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Pump Station No. 4 Rehabilitation
This project involves major renovation or replacement of the existing pump station located on Via Real west of Cravens Lane. This pump station was originally constructed in the early 1970’s to serve the Sandpiper Mobile Home Park. Over time, the District’s collection system has expanded westward to serve Serena Park, Padaro Lane and other communities. The pump station mechanical and control systems have now reached the end of their design service life and a major renovation or upgrade is necessary. An engineering study is underway and construction is expected to begin sometime in 2006.