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San Ramon Valley sewer district celebrating 70 years with open house

Central San anniversary event runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at HQ

Central San, the agency that provides sewer service for much of the San Ramon Valley, is hosting an open house on Saturday to commemorate 70 years in operation.

The free public event will feature family activities, food, entertainment, facility tours and more at the agency's headquarters in southern Martinez.

"This is the first time Central San has hosted a public open house like this, and we're very excited," general manager Roger Bailey said. "In addition to commemorating our 70 years of service and showing people what we do, the open house is a way for us to thank our customers for their support."

"Whenever they prevent grease from going down the sink, put disposable wipes in the trash instead of the toilet or bring hazardous wastes to our collection facility, they are helping us to protect public health and the environment," Bailey added. "We couldn't accomplish our mission without their assistance."

Formally known as the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, Central San formed in 1946, approved by voters that June and then officially created by a county Board of Supervisors resolution a month later.

Central San now serves more than 476,000 residents and 3,000 businesses in the the central part of the county in communities such as the San Ramon Valley, Lamorinda, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Concord and Martinez.

The district provides sewer collection, wastewater treatment and household hazardous waste collection, with some communities using the district for all services and others only partial services.

In all, the district manages 1,500 miles of sewer pipelines, and its treatment plant cleans and disinfects more than 32 million gallons of wastewater every day. Its service area spans 144 square miles, and it employs about 270 district staff members.

Central San also operates a recycled water fill station offering free recycled water to residential customers and a household hazardous waste collection facility in Martinez -- though neither will be open on Saturday because of the open house.

The festivities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday include family activities, educational exhibits, giveaways, free food, big truck displays, wastewater treatment plant tours and live music performed by PUSH, fronted by ABC-7 news anchor Dan Ashley, at the Central San headquarters at 5019 Imhoff Place in Martinez

For more information on the open house, visit the Central San website.

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