The United States Department of Agriculture has committed $4 million to improve Oakhurst’s wastewater system after it was cited for not having the full capacity to dispose of treated wastewater.
“California’s rural communities face many challenges, but access to reliable, safe waste removal should not be one of them,” said Glenda Humiston, the state director of Rural Development for the USDA. “Rural Development, in partnership with the community, is working to help fix this problem.”
Madera County Maintenance District No. 22A, which operates the wastewater system for Oakhurst, was cited with a cease and desist order from the California Regional Water Quality Control Board because the system did not have full capacity to dispose of treated wastewater.
The USDA funds will help make the necessary improvements to the wastewater treatment facility and spray field to adequately increase capacity. Once completed, the district will be able to safely and effectively dispose of treated wastewater, according to the USDA...