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Unfortunately for The Farm homeowners, the unusual, and unexpected, public support for the Oak Creek Canyon project by the leadership of The Farm Property Owners Association (“POA”), has brought the environmental impact of The Farm’s sewage treatment into focus.
Wildomar Magazine was initially curious as to why anyone from The Farm, especially their leaders, would support an intrusive 275 parcel project, where nearly 2/3 of the parcels will be postage stamp-sized lots of 6000 ft.², or less (4500 ft.²). This medium high density residential tract will change the semi-rural environment for The Farm residents.
However, it soon became obvious what the motivation for the POA leadership is all about. The POA, and their surrogates, have made it clear, through their seeking assurance from the Wildomar City Council that the eventual approval of the project will be conditioned to connect The Farm’s property owner-owned, and operated, sewers to the EVMWD sewer line that is designed and proposed for the Oak Creek Canyon project itself, but not any other groups of properties, such as The Farm.
Whenever The Farm eventually connects to the EVMWD’s sewer lines, whether that is tomorrow, next year, or 10 years from now, the cumulative environmental impact of the spraying of minimally-treated sewage over the nearby “spray fields,” since 1974 will have to be addressed, and remediated , at the expense of the persons who utilized the primitive system for the past 39 years.
One of the byproducts of human urine is “nitrates.”
“In addition to animal waste, untreated human sewage can contribute to nitrate levels in surface and ground water. Leaking or poorly functioning septic systems are a source of such nitrates. City sewage treatment plants treat sewage to make it non-hazardous, but treatment plants still release nitrates into waterways. In addition, industrial plants that produce paper or munitions are potential sources of nitrate pollution.
Although having excess nitrates is usually associated with some type of human activity, excess nitrates can come from natural sources.”
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A recent article in the Press Enterprise reports on the presence of “nitrates” was discovered in the nearby privately-owned County Water of Riverside in the year 2003.
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Before the City of Wildomar votes to approve the building of 275 homes immediately adjacent to The Farm’s spray fields, they need to address the cumulative environmental impacts of nearly 40 years operation of a primitive sewage treatment operation.
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