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    Sanitary District 5: Serving Tiburon and Belvedere, CA

    The District serves over 3,500 households, collecting, processing, and treating wastewater in accordance with State and Federal Regulations under a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit.

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Sep
23

Upcoming Night Time Work this Friday Morning

Date: September 23, 2019
 
To: Neighbors of the SD5 Main Plant
 
From: Tony Rubio - District Manager/Chief Plant Operator
 
Subject: Upcoming Night Time Work this Friday Morning
 
In the District’s continued effort to protect public health and the receiving waters of the State of California, the District has been required to perform a cleaning activity during the low-flow hours of the night and into the early morning (between 11pm -5am), on an annual basis as preventative maintenance.
 
This annual preventative maintenance activity includes the cleaning of the grit chamber located at the front of the treatment plants office located at 2001 Paradise Drive. The grit chamber cleaning is accomplished via high-powered vactor trucks that operate to vacuum out all of the settled debris that has been deposited at the bottom of the chamber. If this activity is not performed on schedule, the District runs the risk of damaging plant equipment by allowing this debris to flow in to the plant uncontrolled.
 
The District understands that our neighbors closest to the plant – those in the Point Tiburon Bay Side Association, those located directly above us on Centro and Diviso streets, and those on Paradise Drive on the bay-side of the plant – may be affected by the noise and light emitted from the cleaning project.  The District is providing this courtesy notice to you, our Neighbors, to warn of our upcoming mandatory annual (only once/year) activity, which ensures the safe and continued efficient operations of the SD5 Main Plant.
 
The cleaning activity will begin on Thursday, September 26, 2019, starting at 11 p.m., continuing through 6 a.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019.
 
 
Please contact Tony Rubio, District Manager (415.435.1501, at ext. 106), with any questions.
 
 
 
 
 
We greatly appreciate your understanding while we conduct this required, preventative maintenance at Sanitary District No. 5’s Main Plant.
Aug
07

2019 SEWER REHABILITATION PROJECT: TIBURON AND BELVEDERE

The purpose of this notice is to inform you and your neighbors of an upcoming construction project in your area that will improve and rehabilitate the sanitary sewer system. The 2019 Sewer Rehabilitation Project for Tiburon and Belvedere was sent out to bid in May of 2019. The Board of Directors for Sanitary District No. 5 has awarded the project to Glosage Engineers, Inc., and the construction project is expected to begin the first two weeks of August. The duration of the project will be approximately 16 weeks. Please be assured that construction at or near your property, however, will only occur for a small portion of that time.

Approximately 4,300 feet of old vitrified clay pipe is being replaced. In some places, the existing sewer is located in an easement behind the homes in others the existing sewer is located in the roadway. The sewers are being replaced by the pipebursting method which replaces the existing buried pipeline by pulling a polyethylene pipe with an expander head through the existing pipe without the need for a conventional construction trench. There will be some digging where your individual sewer lateral connects to the existing sewer.

The work will involve mechanical or hand digging to connect the lower laterals to the new sewer main. The work areas will be covered with plywood or similar material and barricaded off. The District's  contractor will work with each property owner in determining where the sanitary facilities are located. Any paved, concreted or landscaped areas affected by the project will be restored as nearly as possible to the pre-construction conditions.

When your lower lateral connection is dug near the sewer main, there will be a cost-effective opportunity for you to hire the contractor to televise your upper lateral and view its condition. Since the connection is exposed, your upper lateral can be replaced at this time at your expense for a lower cost than you would pay if you did this work as a standalone project. We urge you to avail yourself of this opportunity to replace your lateral at a greatly reduced cost. You may contact the contractor at (510) 815-4505

The construction will be inspected by Nute Engineering for Sanitary District No.5. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mark Wilson at (415) 453-4480, ext. 208.

Download the full letter from Tony Rubio, District Manager

Jul
02

MEMORIAL DEDICATION FOR RANDY ARMBRUSTER: JULY 11, 2018 at 3PM

Sanitary District No. 5 of Marin County cordially invites family and friends

to attend a memorial ceremony honoring the late Randy Armbruster, a

devoted member of the SD5 Team for over 30 years.

A commemorative, bronze plaque will be dedicated in Randy’s memory on

Wednesday at 3:00 PM, on July 11th, 2018,

at the newly renovated Tiburon Pump Station # 5.

Please be advised, Tiburon Pump Station #5 does not have a formal address.

TPS#5 is located approximately one block east on Mar West Street from

the Mar West/Tiburon Boulevard intersection, on the left.

We welcome everyone who wishes to attend.

 

Dec
27

Mandatory Night-Time Work this Thursday, December 28th

In the District’s continued effort to protect public health and the receiving waters of the State of California, the District is required to perform a cleaning activity during the low-flow hours of the night and into the early morning (between 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.), on an annual basis as preventative maintenance. 

This annual preventative maintenance activity includes the cleaning of the grit chamber located at the front of the treatment plant’s office, located at 2001 Paradise Drive. The grit chamber cleaning is accomplished via high-powered vactor trucks which vacuum the settled debris that has been deposited at the bottom of the chamber. If this activity in not performed on schedule, the District runs the risk of damaging plant equipment by allowing this debris to flow in to the plant uncontrolled.

The District understands our neighbors closest to the plant – those in the Pt. Tiburon Bay Side Association, those located directly above us on Centro and Diviso Streets, and those on Paradise Drive on the bay-side of the plant – may be affected by the noise and light emitted from the cleaning project. The District is providing this courtesy notice to our Neighbors, to warn you of our upcoming mandatory annual activity, which ensures the safe and continued efficient operations of the SD5 Main Plant.

The cleaning will begin on Thursday, December 28, 2017, starting at 10 p.m. continuing through 5 a.m., on Friday, December 29, 2017.

Please contact Tony Rubio, District Manager (415.435.1501, ext. 106), with any questions.

We greatly appreciate your understanding while we conduct this required, preventative maintenance at Sanitary District No. 5’s Main Plant. 

Nov
16

Mar West Pump Station Phase II Improvement Project Update

The Mar West Pump Station, Phase II, Improvement Project was sent out to bid in in April, 2017.  The Board of Directors for Sanitary District No. 5 awarded the project to TEAM Ghilotti, Inc. Construction began in June of 2017, with an expected completion date of November 31, 2017. The project is now nearing completion which will enhance the operation of Tiburon’s largest pump station and improve employee safety with the removal of hazardous conditions at the site.

Phase II includes replacing the current service pumps, which will require some modifications to the structure where the pumps are housed. During this process the structure will have to be taken off line which will require bypass pumping so the contractor can continue their construction activities. A dry pit configuration will be converted to a wet pit configuration, and the replacement of dry pit vertical shaft driven centrifugal pumps will be replaced with District standardized Flygt Submersible pumps. Pump maintenance in the future will be simplified by these changes.  The new configuration will allow staff to remove pumps for maintenance by lowering a hoist attachment down into the pit and lifting them out with the push of a button, rather than having 4 staff members subject to a confined space entry, leaving them free to work on other projects and maintenance activities.   

District staff, Nute Engineers and TEAM Ghilotti, Inc., are committed to giving a high degree of attention toward finishing this project on time and anticipate having this pump station back online in the few weeks.

The District is committed to ensuring the projects identified in our 10 year Capital Improvement Program are completed in a timely manner for continued efficient operation of the District, as well as the continued protection of public health and receiving waters of the state of California.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office for additional information regarding this project.

Sincerest regards,

Tony Rubio
District Manager- Chief Plant Operator

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Our Mission

Sanitary District No.5 of Marin County is a special District, which while meeting or exceeding all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations, is dedicated to the protection of public health and the environment through effective and economical collection, conveyance, treatment and disposal of wastewater.