San Diego Audit Of Wastewater Program Reveals Shortcomings In Identifying Industrial Polluters
A recent audit of the Industrial Wastewater Control Program suggests that outdated methods and staffing concerns are the key reasons behind a failure to properly identify polluters.
The city of San Diego's Industrial Wastewater Control Program program, which is tasked with preventing the flow of toxic sewer water into the Pacific Ocean, is failing to adequately identify industrial polluters.
That’s according to a new audit which underlines outdated methods and staffing concerns as part of the program's systemic issues in recent years.
The audit also indicates that the failures within the program could affect the city's chances of being granted federal waivers to upgrade the Point Loma sewer plant — a project that could total more that $2 billion.
San Diego Union-Tribune city hall reporter David Garrick joined Midday Edition on Wednesday to discuss the findings of the audit.