||Treatment Plants and the environment Monitoring the environment
The City of Los Angeles is committed to protecting public health and the area’s environmental resources. To that end, the City has invested billions of dollars in new wastewater treatment technologies and has implemented the most stringent operating procedures in history including comprehensive monitoring protocols.
Santa Monica Bay, the Los Angeles River, Ballona Creek, and all of
the treatment plants are continually monitored by Environmental
Monitoring Division's marine biologists, chemists, and
over 170 other staff to ensure that plant influent, effluent, biosolids,
biogas, and air quality around the plants meet or exceed all proscribed
standards. The scientists are provided with state-of-the-art equipment
to perform the full range of procedures required by the City’s
permits and other mandates.
Beneficial uses planned for the reclaimed water include prevention of seawater intrusion into underground drinking water supplies, landscape irrigation, and industrial process water for the Harbor area.
The Bureau of Sanitation’s responsibilities for monitoring the environment include:
- providing all lab testing services
- assessing the health of the ocean and in-land water bodies
- assessing the health and quality of the air around the City’s wastewater plants
- providing information about chemicals and impacts to the environment and worker safety
- allowing operators to better direct their treatment activities based upon monitoring results
- staying current with the rules and regulations that affect the City’s facilities and reuse and discharge practices
- advising the Bureau on environmental protection issues
- serving as a trusted source of information for the environmental community and neighbors of treatment plants