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Vote on chloride issue scheduled for Monday night

Posted: October 26, 2013 6:48 p.m.
Updated: October 26, 2013 6:48 p.m.

Directors for the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District are due to decide Monday night on a plan to reduce chloride in the Santa Clara River.

The board — made up of two Santa Clarita City Council members and one county supervisor — has until Oct. 31 to recommend a chloride-reduction plan to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board or face more fines.

The regional water board fined the Sanitation District $225,000 in November for failing to come up with a plan to reduce chloride, a naturally occurring component of common table salt that farmers downstream say damages their crops.

The district released four possible plans for chloride reduction in April and collected public comments on them. Last week it selected the least costly of the four, which would add an estimated $125 a year to the sewage costs of an average single-family home. Another plan was picked as backup.

The Sanitation District Board of Directors is scheduled to hold a closed session starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday for a conference with legal counsel over “anticipated litigation regarding chloride limits,” according to its agenda.

After that it will hold an open session that will include a public commenting period.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District’s meeting will be held at Santa Clarita City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd. in Santa Clarita.




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