If anyone is still holding their breath hoping that Morro Bay and Cayucos could make up and get back together to build a new sewer treatment facility, you can breath, it isn’t going to happen.
The Cayucos Sanitary District has announced the groundbreaking for its new treatment facility for 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10 at the project site, located on Toro Creek Road about a mile east of Hwy 1 on the right hand side. Look for the signs and people directing traffic to the ceremony.
The site is one of a number of ranch properties owned by Chevron and leased for decades to local farmers. When those leases ran out, the dozen or so ranches, which vary in size and price, were put up for sale. The CSD bought its site for some $3.6 million.
The public is invited to the ceremony for the $27 million project that will produce tertiary level treated effluent suitable for irrigation use.
Oddly enough the construction company chosen by the CSD was Filanc, which is the same company, in a partnership with the Black & Veatch engineering firm, that will be building Morro Bay’s new treatment plant, though that one is some months if not a full year away from getting a permit.
The CSD’s plant will cost about $20 million, while in Morro Bay Filanc/B&V have given the City a not-to-exceed price of $69 million for a plant that’s roughly twice the size but with more challenges/expenses due to the hilly site.