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Our Role

In partnership with our customers, Sausalito-Marin City Sanitary District has developed plans and programs to safeguard our beautiful local environment.

The District uses advanced technology to prevent spills and leaks. We encourage our customers to do their part by properly disposing of household hazardous waste, and avoid flushing it down the drain or toilet.

Regulatory Matters

The District operates under a permit issued by the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board. The permit is for a limited period and is subject to review, modification and renewal.

The permit contains conditions on the type and amount of pollutants that can be discharged into San Francisco Bay. This is in accord with the federal Clean Water Act of 1972 that seeks to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Nation's waters.

The District strives to fully comply with the permit regulations to protect public health and the environment and to avoid penalties.

Currently, the District and other local agencies are operating under an Administrative Compliance Order from the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to improve our systems.

Please click on the links below to view the District's Discharge Permit and the USEPA Administrative Compliance Order.

How We Use Advanced Technology

Our state-certified professional operators prevent spills and leaks using modern maintenance and management tools and advanced technologies. Our goal is always to protect public health and the environment.

  • Regular video inspection of pipelines to ensure that they are secure and leak free.
  • Special vacuum and water jet trucks to clean the pipelines.
    Computer systems and mathematical modeling to design, operate, and maintain facilities.
  • Use of a computer-based SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system to continuously monitor pump stations and treatment processes in order to immediately spot trouble, such as loss of power or equipment malfunction.
  • Use of a geographical information system (GIS) to provide quick and easy archiving and access to information about system maintenance, service calls, emergency repairs, and new development.
  • Over 400 discharge water sample measurements are taken each month. We collect and analyze samples for metals, pesticides, solvents and other constituents known to be harmful to the quality of our receiving water, land and air.