The City of San Juan Bautista has recently brought on and gained State approval for new water wells to address our combined Nitrate and inadequate redundancy problems to provide potable (drinkable) water to residents. The State requires two complete pumps and wells to fill our water reservoir. However, the State is immediately enforcing fines ($XYZ per month) for excessive salt in our sewer discharge into the Pajaro River and eventually to Monterey Bay. The State Water Board NOV (Notice of Violation) for excessive salts was originally put into effect in 2008 and has been continuously in effect ever since. Most of the salt comes from water softeners that are needed because of our extremely hard water No real effort was made by the City to fix the NOV until I suggested that we pipe in treated potable water from the newly constructed West Hills Water Treatment Plant in early 2018. The West Hills plant is approximately five miles away, just off Union Road about a 1/3 of a mile past the Pacific Scientific Plant. The West Hills water is from the Central Valley Water Project and this water is naturally soft. The right of ways and easements for the construction of a water pipe are already in place. EIR’s and CEQA studies have been completed. There is already a water pipe carrying untreated water (Blue Valve) through the City, under First Street and near to Anzar High School. This water is used by our local farmers to feed their crops and for groundwater recharge. It cannot be used for drinking without being processed by a treatment plant. For the City to build a small treatment facility it would cost over $15 million. However, to dig and hook up a water line from the Union Road plant to the San Juan Bautista water system is approximately $3.5 to $5 million. The City has some left-over bond money from our last water system renovation 10 years ago of about $750K. The rest of the money could come from a combination of grants and low interest loans from the State of California. It would seem wise that the City immediately pursue all possible sources of funding, including the afore-mentioned grants and loans or a combination of both. To pay off loans is much more reasonable than paying on-going fines, especially after we have wasted $513,800 for a sewer line that goes nowhere. This was approved under a former City Council who lacked oversight of a former City Manager’s dealings with developers. Clearly, we need to fix this problem before the State Water Board gets tougher and imposes steeper fines or worse.
"As an experienced elected city official, I will help improve infrastructure and roads making San Benito County an even better place to live," Freeman said.
San Juan Bautista Councilman John Freeman. Photo provided.Information provided by John Freeman.
San Juan Bautista City Councilman John Freeman issued a June 19 press release indicating his intent to run for District 2 San Benito County Supervisor.
“I am running as the experienced candidate, the one with the history of making the tough decisions that have improved the City of San Juan Bautista,” Freeman said. “The city is now more professional and better run and managed than in previous years because of my efforts.”
“During my tenure, I have worked hard to build relationships with both internal colleagues and external political agencies, helping San Juan Bautista become a more professionally run city.”
In the release, Freeman listed improvements made during his time on the council, including:
Freeman said his experience working with agencies in San Benito County enables him to hit the ground running. He named agencies that he works with regularly or is a member of, including:
To learn more about Freeman’s campaign for San Benito County Supervisor for District 2, visit https://freemanforsupervisor.weebly.com
He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (831) 236-7385.