USD is pleased that our dedicated staff is receiving recognition as part of the California Legislature’s establishment of Water Professionals Appreciation Week. The appreciation week highlights the important role of wastewater, water, and recycled water professionals, as well as local public agencies, in ensuring safe and reliable services to their communities. This year marks the first annual event, which begins the first Saturday of October and ends on Sunday the following weekend.
USD’s wastewater professionals work to ensure protection of public health and the environment for the Tri-Cities 24/7/365. Collection system workers, plant operators, environmental compliance inspectors, lab analysts, mechanics, electricians, and engineers are just some of the District staff members dedicated to providing award-winning service to our customers.
Recent labor studies estimate that 60,000 people work in the wastewater and water industry in California, and the industry needs roughly 6,000 new employees each year due to turnover. USD encourages exploration of wastewater industry careers, which offer a wide array of rewarding jobs providing services that are essential to society.
We’re proud that our hardworking staff is receiving well-deserved appreciation from the California Legislature.
USD is pleased to support the rollout of MED-Project Pharmaceutical Take-back kiosks throughout Alameda County. There are currently 16 kiosks in the County located in several pharmacies and law enforcement agencies. These kiosks are for residents to safely dispose of unwanted and expired medications at no cost to the consumer. This program is growing and more kiosk locations will be added soon.
MED- Project is a Limited Liability Company funded by the pharmaceutical industry in response to the Alameda County Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance of 2012 that has since been amended to include sharps. During the transition, there may be changes to existing drop off locations so please check the MED-Project website for updates: www.med-project.org.
Current MED-Project locations in the Tri-Cities include:
Haller's Pharmacy and Medical Supply
37323 Fremont Boulevard
Fremont, CA 94536
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Haller's Pharmacy Newark
6170 Thornton Avenue
Newark CA 94560
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Newark Police Department
37101 Newark Blvd.
Newark, CA 94560
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Mowry Medical Pharmacy
1999 Mowry Avenue, Suite 2A
Fremont, CA 94538
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
USD recently honored 28 Tri-City Industries with Certificates of Merit for achieving 100% compliance with water quality requirements in the 2016 calendar year. The District annually awards Certificates of Merit to those permitted industries within its service area that maintain 100% compliance with all wastewater discharge requirements. In addition, these industries consistently implement pollution prevention measures, maintain a cooperative working relationship with the District, and demonstrate continuing awareness and understanding of environmental issues and requirements. Several of the recipients have received this honor for consecutive years of continued compliance. Photos of attendees and their awards are on the District's Facebook page.
The District is responsible for permitting, inspecting, and monitoring many industries that discharge to its sewer system to ensure compliance with Federal, State, and Local environmental regulations. This is done not only to protect the treatment plant from toxic discharges, but also to protect the water quality of San Francisco Bay.