|2065 E. Main Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454
||For Questions about your Trash or Water service, please call (805) 925-0951 ext. 7270.
||For Questions about your Utility Bill, please call (805) 925-0951 ext. 217.
The City of Santa Maria Utilities Department has a mobile app for both iPhone and Android phones that allows residents to search Trash and Recycling collection schedules, pay your utility bills, identify recyclable and hazardous waste materials, search City events and much more.
The City of Santa Maria app can be downloaded from the App Store for the iPhone and the Google Play store for Android. Simply search “CSM Mobile” for iPhone and “City of Santa Maria Mobile” for Android and look for the City logo.
The Department of Utilities is responsible for delivering high quality water to your faucet, treating wastewater, refuse collection, recycling, operating the Santa Maria Regional Landfill and its Household Hazardous Waste Facility, street sweeping, and regulatory compliance.
The Water Resources Operation and Maintenance Section is responsible for supplying residents with an adequate supply of potable water for domestic, industrial, and fire protection purposes. This includes imported State Water, maintaining wells and City reservoirs that have a total capacity of 20 million gallons, and over 450 miles of water mains. Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Services consist of six distinct areas: Refuse collection/residential; refuse collection/commercial; landfill disposal operations, street sweeping, recycling operations, and regulatory compliance.
||RICHARD G. SWEET
Director of Utilities
City Phone: (805) 925.0951 x7211
City Fax: (805) 928-7240
EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT:
- Registered Professional Engineer, State of California
- BS Civil Engineering, California State University, Fresno
- Director of Public Works/City Engineer - City of Santa Maria
- Transportation Engineer - Caltrans
- Assistant Civil Engineer - City of Santa Maria
- Associate Civil Engineer - City of Santa Maria
- City Engineer - City of Santa Maria
- Chairman, Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee
- Past President, Sunrise Lions Club
- Past President, Central Coast Chapter, American Public Works Association
- Past President, Central Coast Chapter, National Society of Professional Engineers
- Past President, Tailwinds Bicycle Club
- Communications Director, Team Tailwinds Bicycle Racing Team
- Marital status: Married
- Children: One
- General interests: Raising daughter, riding bicycles, gardening, home improvement, travel and transportation
DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
Director of the City's Utilities Department. Responsibilities are:
You can review the City's
Annual Water Quality Report on this website.
HOW TO REPORT UNSAFE CONDITIONS
To report unsafe water or wastewater (sewer) conditions contact the Utilities Department at (805) 925-0951 extension 7270.
To provide efficient utility services through the use of progressive innovation, excellent customer service, and the wise use of public resources for the long-term benefit of the community.
- Evaluate Solid Waste Collections and Disposal rates for long-term financial stability, sustaining financial stability of the fund, and minimizing future rate increases.
- Implement reconfiguration of residential collection route boundaries and service days, to maximize route efficiency, improve energy conservation, and prolong equipment life.
- Make significant progress on the Open Space Management Plan for the Integrated Waste Management Facility at Los Flores Ranch, in an effort to identify long-term passive uses before and during commencement of onsite Landfill operations, as well as sites and methods to mitigate the Landfill’s environmental effects.
- Improve energy conservation by designing and constructing additional Landfill gas collection wells which will minimize gas migration and maximize the Landfill gas to energy projects.
- Complete the Utility Master Plan Update, now known as the Utility Strategic Scoping Study, to properly assess water and wastewater infrastructure needs that will support the City’s vision as defined in the General Plan.
- Begin design of the Integrated Waste Management Facility at Los Flores Ranch, and successfully appear before the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) to negotiate Waste Discharge Requirements for the facility.
- Coordinate the final phase of the Santa Maria River Levee Reinforcement Construction Project with the Army Corps of Engineers.
- Complete initial design phase of a fiber optic loop from City Hall to the future Police Department headquarters near the Blosser and Betteravia intersection, and back on another route, for the purpose of serving multiple City facilities.
- Improve public infrastructure and provide customers with a safe and well-maintained travel way for Landfill services by rehabilitating the main Landfill access roads to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, Scale House and Utilities Administration building.
- Achieving higher staff efficiency and productivity by constructing a new wash rack system at the Landfill, thereby allowing multiple trucks to be washed at the same time, using less staff time and prolonging equipment life.