City of Morgan Hill to Pay $433,366 for Four Sewage Spills to Llagas Creek

SANTA CLARA COUNTY CA (3/13/2020) – The City of Morgan Hill, which operates a sanitary sewer
collection system, has agreed to a $433,366 enforcement settlement with the Central
Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board for four unauthorized discharges of
sewage into Llagas Creek.

The spills occurred between December 2015 and February 2017 and consisted of four
separate sewage discharges resulting in approximately 330,000 gallons of sewage
discharged to Llagas Creek.

Under the settlement agreement, half of the settlement funds will pay for two projects
that will enhance the city’s capacity to prevent overflows. These include creating a
highly detailed sanitary sewer system inventory, plus a repair and replacement plan to
maximize the city’s capability to prevent overflows. The city will also install electronically
enhanced manhole covers to provide it with earlier warnings of increasing sewer system
flows so it can respond before overflows occur.

“We work hard with local entities to prevent these types of spills,” said Dr. Jean-Pierre
Wolff, chair of the Central Coast Water Board. “We take these violations and threats to
the environment very seriously. This settlement demonstrates our, and the city’s,
commitment to protecting and restoring our region’s waters.”

The Central Coast Water Board is responsible for protecting and restoring water quality
in a 300-mile-long coastal region, from southern San Mateo and Santa Clara counties to
the northern part of Ventura County. Protecting aquatic habitat in streams and
groundwater is essential to ensuring water quality and protecting the health of humans
and wildlife.

For copies of the final signed order, contact Todd Stanley at

Contact: Edward Ortiz