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Get an inside look at Wastewater now
The men and women of the Public Utilities Department safely collect, treat and dispose of nearly 180 million gallons of sewage every day.

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FEWD: Food Establishment Wastewater Discharge Program
Learn how this program monitors San Diego's food preparation businesses to help prevent grease-related sewage spills.

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Industrial Wastewater Control Program
Follow our inspectors as they perform the critical task of inspecting and regulating the quality of wastewater discharged by commercial and industrial customers.

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All Surface Vehicles in Urban Canyons
All Surface Vehicles (ASVs) are environmentally "friendly" pieces of equipment specifically designed to minimize negative impacts to our canyon environments. See how they are used to maintain canyon sewer lines. More information about All Surface Vehicles.

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Comnet: Connecting the City's Wastewater Infrastructure
See how Comnet, a computer system, can operate and monitor all the City of San Diego's wastewater treatment plants and major pump stations from one centralized location.

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Environmental Management is Our Business
Learn more about I.S.O. 14001 Certification at Public Utilities. This certification recognizes the department's environmental management system that ensures a commitment to regulatory compliance, pollution prevention and continual improvement. More information about I.S.O. 14001.

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Green Power at Wastewater Facilities
Methane is found in coal mines, swamps, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. Find out how the Public Utilities Department saves hundreds of thousands dollars in energy costs by generating its own Green Power. More information about the Energy Efficiency Program.

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Metro Biosolids Center
Adjacent to the Miramar Landfill, the Metro Biosolids Center is the City of San Diego's state-of-the-art regional biosolids treatment facility.

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North City Water Reclamation Plant
Take a video tour of the City's first water reclamation plant that turns wastewater into a reusable resource. More information about the North City Water Reclamation Plant.

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Ocean Monitoring
Ocean Monitoring is just one element of Public Utilities Environmental Monitoring Program. See what happens aboard the Oceanus as samples are taken to ensure the health of our coastal waters. More information about Ocean Monitoring.

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Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant
What happens after you hit that small silver handle? Take a video tour of the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant and find out how the region's wastewater is safely treated. More information about the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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Sewer Mains: How are they Cleaned?
There are almost 3,000 miles of sewer lines in the City of San Diego. See how they are kept clean and running by Wastewater Collection crews from Public Utilities. More information about the Sewer Spill Reduction Program.

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Sewer Spill Reduction Program
Sewer spills have been reduced by more than 77% since the start of the Sewer Spill Reduction Program. See how it was done.

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South Bay Water Reclamation Plant
Take a tour of the South Bay Water Reclamation Plant. With a capacity of 15 million gallons per day, the plant provides a renewable source of water and reduces our dependence on imported water. More information the South Bay Water Reclamation Plant.

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The Grease Equation
Cooking Fats, Oils and Grease (collectively known as FOG) are the second leading cause of sewer spills, not only in San Diego but throughout the United States. Find out why you should keep FOG out of the drain and how you can help prevent sewer spills. More information about the Grease Disposal Program.


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