Adelanto city manager: Proposed ban could kill hundreds of potential jobs
February 11, 2011 4:42 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • As a hearing looms over a proposed Adelanto sewer connection ban, city officials are working to quickly address their wastewater issues and make a case that a ban wouldn’t speed up the process but could kill a few hundred potential jobs.

Last month the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board called for a cease and desist order on new Adelanto sewer connections, accusing the city’s utility authority of posing significant health risks because its wastewater treatment plant has exceeded its capacity and made “constant unauthorized discharges.” The state board further alleged the city agency had violated previous orders to bring the plant into compliance.

City officials argue they’ve been working diligently to resolve their sewage problems.

“They claim we’ve done nothing. We’ve done a whole lot and I’ve got the bills to prove it,” City Manager Jim Hart said. “If they cut off our ability to have any (development) in Adelanto, then they cut of four funding source to make the improvements.”

Hart said he’s worried a ban on new sewer connections would stifle the city’s already-slow development, with city revenue from permit fees and job growth at stake.

According to Hart, D.R. Horton Inc. is on track to build 83 new Adelanto homes, and The GEO Group Inc. private prison operator is working to add a new 650-bed prison facility that could create 170 jobs. Those projects and any other new development would grind to a halt under a sewer connection ban.

“I recognize that a connection ban can have adverse economic effects. But the fact is that (Adelanto officials) currently don’t have a capacity to treat the water that they currently receive,” said Chuck Curtis, supervising engineer for Lahontan. “By continuing to add additional connections and additional discharge to the sewer system, the threat of additional undisinfected waste discharges off of their property only increases.”

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