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.