The industrial community within the North Atwater area currently utilizes Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS), or Septic Systems, for sewage disposal. This is a concerning issue for this area because 1) these septic systems are not regularly monitored due to recent and continuing budget reductions, and 2) the proximity of these systems near to the River creates a potential environmental concern for the health of the L.A. River Watershed.
We recommend that the Bureau of Sanitation partner with local contractors to assume liability for monitoring OWTS facilities within a 500 feet vicinity of any industrial septic tank within the North Atwater region. A similar effort is ongoing near Humboldt Park in Lincoln Heights. In addition, this area could benefit from the transfer from septic system use to sewer system use for all sewage removal.