The City Council of El Centro voted Wednesday to come to the rescue of county residents and businesses that have purportedly been left without a place to send their septic tank waste.
The council was informed by Mark Johnston, of county Environmental Health Services, that the cities of Calexico and Westmorland have stopped accepting the waste stream and should the septic tanks overflow it could pose a health problem.
"The public health implication is quite serious," Johnston said.
Johnston said the city of Westmorland is constructing a new facility to accept the waste stream but will not be accessible for about 30 days. He said the city of Calexico has cut off the waste stream but might renew the process.
Not so, said Calexico City Manager Rich Inman.
"We're taking it," Inman said this morning after consulting with his public works director. "It's a money-maker for us."
Meanwhile, at the El Centro City Council meeting, city wastewater treatment plant supervisor Randy Hines said the city could accept the waste on a temporary basis but it would be subject to immediate cutoff if there is any violation of the facility's permit.