San Francisco Baykeeper Terminates Millbrae Consent Decree, City Improvements Pay Off
Today, the City of Millbrae announced that its consent decree with San Francisco Baykeeper has been terminated. Over the past eight years, the City has made significant progress in reducing its sanitary sewer overflows, as mandated by the consent decree, and shown Baykeeper its diligence to address the problem.
“Like many cities in the Bay Area, the Baykeeper lawsuit forced us to take a better look at our infrastructure and fix our aging sewer system. We held up our end of the agreement and made the necessary investments to fix our broken system and reduce the number of sewer overflows that occur during storms,” said Millbrae Mayor Gina Papan.
In November 2010, the City of Millbrae and San Francisco Baykeeper entered a court approved agreement requiring the City to improve its sanitary sewer system and reduce the number of overflows from it. Since then, the City has invested $30 million to improve the system. Capital improvement funding that was generated by sewer fees from local residents.
“We are no longer under the orders of the consent decree, but our work is not done,” said Mayor Papan. “We will continue to make the needed improvements to our storm water and sanitary sewer systems, and ensure we do our part to keep Millbrae and the Bay clean. We will make sure this does not happen again so we can avoid these kind of costly legal battles in the future.”
Since 2010, the City of Millbrae has replaced about 10 of 55 miles of sanitary sewer main lines, a major source of storm water infiltration that caused sanitary sewer overflows. In addition, the City replaced more than 1,300 sanitary sewer laterals. Because of the City’s progress, it has been successful in reducing the number of sanitary sewer overflows from a high of 101 occurrences a year to just nine this year. The City of Millbrae is committed to reducing this number even lower in the years to come.