The Public Utilities Department's wastewater treatment operation was the first of its kind in the nation to be certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in Geneva, Switzerland. ISO Certification provides structure for an environmental management system that ensures our commitment to regulatory compliance, pollution prevention and continual improvement.
In October 2000, that Certification was expanded to include all of the Department's wastewater treatment facilities as well as its major sewage pump stations for their continuing commitment to ISO standards. In June 2002, the Department's Environmental Monitoring and Technical Services Division became ISO 14001 Certified. This division provides all the chemical sampling of wastewater plus a vigorous ocean monitoring program. In December 2003, the Department's Wastewater Collection Division earned its ISO Certification. This division operates more than 80 collection pump stations and maintains nearly 3,000 miles of collection system piping.
This certification requires annual inspections to ensure continuous improvement and compliance to standards.