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Sewer System Management Plan (pdf)

The City of San Luis Obispo’s wastewater collection system consists of one hundred and thirty miles of sewer pipe (at an average depth of six feet), over 2,500 manholes, and nine sewage pump stations. This system conveys approximately 4.5 million gallons of wastewater per day to the City’s Water Reclamation Facility.

Wastewater Collections combination unitWhat We Do
The City of San Luis Obispo's Wastewater Collection Division consists of nine employees. The Wastewater Collection Supervisor oversees eight employees divided into four, two-man crews. The crews are: preventative maintenance, area maintenance, inspections and storm drains. Workloads & scheduled maintenance (preventative and area maintenance) are managed using an infrastructure database system.
Job Description of City of San Luis Obispo Wastewater Collection System Operator: This classification is a "Skills Based Pay" (SBP) advancement series. Employees in this classification shall have the opportunity to advance within the series to the highest working class. Such advancement shall be based o their attainment and demonstrated performance of the required knowledge, skills and abilities, and/or required certification, and the recommendation of the department head.
To view the salary range click here and scroll  to page 21.

pipeline inspection unit

Click on the Links below to learn more about each crew's typical duties.

Preventative Maintenance (pdf)
This crew performs scheduled preventative cleaning of problem sewer mains, applies chemical root treatments to inhibit root growth, and main line repairs of defective sewer mains.
See video of no-dig pipe repair:
Before    After

Area Maintenance (pdf)
This crew performs area scheduled maintenance of sewer mains not on a preventative maintenance program. Their goal is to clean the complete sewer system every three to five years, install new and replacement sewer main connections (wyes) and responds to sewer related calls during regular business hours.

Inspection Crew (pdf)
This crew inspects and evaluates sewer main connections using a closed circuit television camera. Inspects, maintains and repairs our ten sewer pump stations. See video of sewer main inspection.

Storm Drains (pdf)
This crew cleans storm drain inlets & storm mains, inspects condition of storm drain infrastructures using CCTV cameras. Manages the program using an infrastructure database program and is a partnership with the Public Works Dept.

Coming Soon!: Information Regarding CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television) Sewer Inspection Certification Program for Wastewater Collection Staff in San Luis Obispo

Important Information
If you are experiencing a problem with your sewer or wish to report a sewer-related problem:
  • During business hours, call Wastewater Collection, 781-7220.
  • After hours, call Police Dispatch, 781-7312.

Important:  Call USA (Underground Service Alert) before you dig:  
1-800-227-2600, or visit their website at www.

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