Flow downhill?

Public comment period for proposed sewer project between Paradise and Chico runs through April 25

The effort to connect the Town of Paradise to the city of Chico’s sewer and wastewater treatment system continues to move forward, and this month the public has the opportunity to speak up on the matter.

On March 21, the Sewer Regionalization Project Advisory Committee (SRPAC)—which is made up of the mayors and vice mayors of the two municipalities—approved a first draft of a Principles of Agreement document, which will guide the Paradise Sewer Regionalization Project moving forward if approved. The document is available to view at each community’s government website as well as paradisesewer.com, and public comments can be submitted through April 25.

The proposed project, which would cost an estimated $184 million, is still in its planning and environmental studies phase. If progress goes as planned, construction could begin in 2024 and continue until 2026.

Paradise has no sewer system; all properties use septic tanks. Efforts to connect to Chico’s sewer via pipeline have been intermittent since before Paradise incorporated in 1979, and the effort has gained steam in the aftermath of the 2018 Camp Fire.

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