|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.
||For emergency water service call (805) 925-2631. Questions regarding water quality or assistance with water conservation may be directed to the Utilities Department (805) 925-0951 extension 7270.
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.
- Complete the Utility Master Plan Update, also known as the Utility Strategic Scoping Study, to properly assess water and wastewater infrastructure needs that support the City’s vision as defined in the General Plan.
- Continue to build upon the success of telephone notification of delinquent bills (a system started in July 2010), and achieve increased contact with customers. The Department continues to modify the telephone list to increase successful calls, reduce the number of homes tagged, and redirect employees for other customer service calls.
- Continue expansion of the secondary irrigation system for delivery of untreated groundwater to large landscaped areas, saving valuable State Water and providing a cost savings to the General Fund. In February 2014, construction began to connect the line to Allan Hancock College.
- Continue to work with the RWQCB on implementation of Hydromodification Control and Low Impact Development to comply with the City’s Stormwater Permit and ensure the fulfillment of the City’s General Plan.
- Evaluate Solid Waste Collections and Disposal rates for long-term financial stability, while sustaining financial stability of the fund and minimizing future rate increases.
- Make significant progress on the Open Space Management Plan for the Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) at Los Flores Ranch Park (Los Flores), 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 landfill gas to energy projects.
- Begin design of the IWMF at Los Flores, and appear before the RWQCB to successfully negotiate Waste Discharge Requirements for the facility.
- Coordinate the final phase of the Santa Maria River Levee Reinforcement Construction Project with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ensure enhanced long-term flood control protection for the City’s residents and businesses.