What are the State’s Septic Discharge Prohibitions?

According to its revised Basin Plan amendment, the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board has extended the prohibition dates in the Town of Yucca Valley to June 30, 2021, for Phase 1, and for Phase 2 and 3 December 31, 2025. This means that, as of those dates, property owners within the corresponding phases will have to cease discharging from their septic systems.

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1. Is a wastewater collection and treatment system necessary?
2. How will it protect groundwater quality?
3. What are the State’s Septic Discharge Prohibitions?
4. What happens if I don’t comply?
5. Why not just treat the water at the wells that produce the water before serving it to customers? Isn’t that easier?
6. How many months after the Assessment District approval, will construction start on the new sewer lines and plant?
7. Will the treatment facility smell?
8. What will happen to the water after it is treated?
9. Are the roads going to be repaved during Phase 1, after the sewer line is installed?