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Lathrop High is finally getting sewer hookup

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POSTED August 20, 2013 1:59 a.m.

LATHROP – After five years Lathrop High School is finally getting its sewer hookup.

Well, soon anyway.

On Monday the consultant tasked with designing the city’s new consolidated treatment facility laid out the plan that will finally bring the school – which opened in 2008 – a hookup to Lathrop’s municipal sewer system.

The school is currently on a septic system, and waste is hauled out in trucks.

While the plan itself is intended to overhaul Lathrop’s existing treatment facility and increase the city’s overall daily capacity, the unfinished sewer lift station that was supposed to be built at the end of Dos Reis Road will be part of the plan that is expected to go to bid within the next six weeks.

If all of the permits clear – expanding sewer capacity requires state approval as part of the California Environmental Quality Act – it could be built by early 2015.

Initially slated to be part of the massive Richland Planned Communities project, work on the lift station – which will pump sewage into an existing pipeline – was halted when the contractor charged with the construction stopped receiving checks from the developer for his work.

The Manteca Unified School District Board of Trustees, armed with a letter from then-Mayor Kristy Sayles that guaranteed them sewer access for Lathrop High School, was incensed when the contractor showed up a meeting the summer before the school was set to open and told them that the work was not going to be completed in time.

Lathrop currently has capacity up to 750,000 gallons a day, and is seeking to expand that up to 1 million gallons in order to serve the growing development west of Interstate 5 – including River Islands, which is already under construction, as well as other assorted development.

The Central Lathrop area, which was at one time part of the Richland development and will also be served by the expanded capacity.

The end result of the treatment process – reclaimed water – will either be sent to a local farmer contracted to use the water (which is rated for use on food crops) or to a number of lined storage basins around the community. Several more will be built as part of the master plan, and several additional fields will also be sought for irrigation purposes once the project is completed.

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