Wastewater Division

The Wastewater Division is responsible for the treatment and discharge of the generated wastewater for the Santa Ynez and Solvang Residents. The treatment plant has a capacity of 1.5 million gallons per day (MGD).

Of utmost concern to the plant is the constant tightening of discharge regulations and the future requirements of tertiary treatment. If tertiary treatment is required Solvang and the Santa Ynez Community Services District face a substantial improvement cost that is currently unforeseen. The Wastewater Division is also responsible for the maintenance of the sanitary sewer collections systems, and 2 lift stations.
Wastewater Treatment Plant
Sewer Collection System
Under development. 

View most current Sewer System Management Plan (PDF).

Fats, Oils & Grease Program



Wastewater Treatment Plant

The Wastewater Treatment Plant is a Sequential Batch Reactor plant with a design capacity of 1.5 million gallons per day. The plant is currently receiving approx. 680,000 gallons per day of influent from the City of Solvang and Santa Ynez. Of this, Santa Ynez contributes approximately 100,000 gallons per day. The plant is staffed with 6 city employees; a Wastewater Supervisor, four Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and a Collection System Operator. The city has begun a source control program, which thus far has proven to be extremely effective in the preservation of both our collection system and treatment plant. The businesses within the city have been very cooperative in working with the wastewater division to accomplishing our goals.


If you would like any further information about the treatment plant please feel free to contact Nathan Giacinto, Wastewater Division Supervisor, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 805-688-6997, or by email.