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Transparency Certificate of Excellence Awarded to Carpinteria Sanitary District

Transparency Certificate of Excellence Awarded to Carpinteria Sanitary District

Carpinteria Sanitary District received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance.

“This award is a testament to Carpinteria Sanitary District’s commitment to open government,” said, Mr. Murray, General Manager. “The entire district staff is to be commended for their contributions that empower the public with information and facilitate engagement and oversight.” To receive the award, a special district must demonstrate the completion of essential governance transparency requirements, including conducting ethics training for all board members, properly conducting open and public meetings, and filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller in a timely manner.

SDLF is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California’s special districts through certification, accreditation, and other recognition programs.

Special districts are independent public agencies that deliver core local services to communities, such as water, wastewater treatment, fire protection, parks and recreation, healthcare, sanitation, mosquito abatement, ports, libraries, public cemeteries and more. Districts are established by voters and their funding is approved by voters to meet specific needs through focused service. They can be specially molded to serve large regions or small neighborhoods depending on the need.

Pure Water for a New Decade

Pure Water for a New Decade


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2020 brings the start of a new decade and may also bring Carpinteria residents and businesses closer to having a new local, drought proof water supply. Exciting times!

The environmental impact report (EIR) for the Carpinteria Advanced Purification Project (CAPP) was certified by the Carpinteria Valley Water District in mid-December, marking another important milestone in the project’s journey, and positioning Carpinteria to join the many communities throughout California and across the United States that are using technologically-proven, industry-standard water purification processes to produce a sustainable supply of water to replenish stressed groundwater basins.

If you aren’t yet familiar with the project, CAPP will take water that has been fully treated at the Carpinteria Sanitary District’s Wastewater Treatment Plant and purify it in a newly-constructed Advanced Water Purification Facility using a multi-step advanced treatment process approved by the State of California Division of Drinking Water.


This purified water will then be delivered through a pipeline to injection wells for storage in the Carpinteria groundwater basin. Currently, CSD discharges over a million gallons of treated water to the Pacific Ocean each day. Capturing this valuable resource, purifying it and then injecting it into the groundwater basin for future domestic use, also known as “indirect potable reuse,” will supplement our local water supply in a safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly way.

When I talk to community members about this cutting-edge project, there is broad understanding of the need for a drought proof water supply. The concept of maximizing the use of our local resources in a sustainable manner is well supported. I do get a handful questions about the quality and safety of water purified through the advanced treatment process. Fortunately, we have an excellent model to follow right here in Southern California: Orange County Water District’s Groundwater Replenishment System has been operating since January 2008—initially producing 70 million gallons of purified water per day and increasing to 100 million gallons per day in mid-2015. Their continuous testing and monitoring of the purified water has demonstrated the extremely high quality of the water produced by advanced treatment and that it contains no substances of concern.

They’ve also demonstrated that reverse osmosis—one of the technological processes CAPP will use—effectively removes PFAS, a category of contaminants that has been in the news of late. Like Orange County’s GWRS and other similar projects across the state, CAPP will closely monitor and test the purified water to continually make sure it is safe and of the highest quality before it becomes part of our groundwater supply.


The partnership between CVWD and CSD, with the support from the city of Carpinteria, continues to move this important project forward. While CVWD is completing efforts to secure funding, the project schedule calls for design to be completed later this year with project construction finished by 2023. Our collective highest priority before and after project completion will continue to be water quality and safety.

This is an important step forward for our community. We and our partners at CVWD would love to provide more information about CAPP. Visit the CAPP website at cvwd.net/CAPP to read the project fact sheet and other information about the project.  We are also happy to make presentations to local groups—call CVWD or CSD to schedule a convenient time to learn more about CAPP.

CAPP – Public Meeting on FEIR  Wednesday, December 11, 2019 5:30pm

CAPP – Public Meeting on FEIR Wednesday, December 11, 2019 5:30pm


For Final EIR documents, click here.

Carpinteria Advanced Purification Project

TO: Agencies, Organizations, and Interested Parties

DATE: December 11, 2019

PROJECT TITLE: Carpinteria Advanced Purification Project

LEAD AGENCY: Carpinteria Valley Water District

DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY: The Final EIR can be viewed on CVWD’s website or in print at the following locations:

  • Project Website: http://cvwd.net/capp/
  • Carpinteria Valley Water District Office, 1301 Santa Ynez Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013, (805) 684-2816, Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Carpinteria Sanitary District Office, 5300 Sixth Street, Carpinteria, CA 93013, (805) 684- 7214, Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Carpinteria Library, 5141 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013, (805) 684-4314, Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

PUBLIC MEETING:  CVWD’s Board of Directors will consider certification of the Final EIR for the CAPP at a public meeting held on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 5:30p.m. at Carpinteria City Hall.

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Carpinteria City Hall 5775 Carpinteria Avenue Carpinteria, CA 93013

CONTACT: Email: bob@cvwd.net Mail: Mr. Robert McDonald Carpinteria Valley Water District 1301 Santa Ynez Ave. Carpinteria, CA 93013 Phone: (805) 263-4826