Oakland, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted $1.9 million for a mitigation project that will provide flood protection for the City of San Luis Obispo’s Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF). The improvements will protect 20 existing critical structures within the 55-acre facility and ensure flood resilience for future expansion by building flood walls, elevating structures and concrete pads, and installing flood gates.
San Luis Obispo’s WRRF delivers essential wastewater treatment services to the City, California Polytechnic State University, and the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, with an average of 3.1 million gallons of sewage treated daily.
In 1973, the grounds of the WRRF flooded. And in 1995, floodwaters combined with sewage flowed through the property, coming perilously close to breaching and contaminating San Luis Obispo’s freshwater supply. Completion of this project will mitigate future risk to the facility and protect the community.
The $2.5 million project will be funded by a $1.9 million hazard mitigation grant from FEMA, with non-federal sources covering the remaining $700,000.
FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program helps states, territories, federally-recognized tribes, local communities and certain private, non-profit organizations become more resilient to potential infrastructure damage and reduce future disaster costs.