- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Water regulators fined a Central California water district that serves mainly industrial users $1 Million for failing to implement a wastewater pretreatment program.

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board said Wednesday the Malaga County Water District failed to properly regulate industrial facilities discharging to its wastewater treatment facility.

The board says Malaga failed to analyze industrial user self-monitoring reports, didn’t sample industrial users annually and didn’t evaluate the need for a sludge control plan, among other infractions.

Board member Clay Rodgers says the small water district “put the public and workers at risk and undermined the board’s oversight role to protect water quality.”

Malaga County Water District manager Jim Anderson says he can’t comment on the fine and the board’s assertions due to ongoing litigation.

He says the water district serves 230 residential customers and a little over 200 commercial and industrial water users.

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