San Juan Bautista Waste Treatment Plant. Image from Draft Report.

BL Special Report

BL Special Report: Solving San Juan Bautista’s water problems

City consultant comes up with solutions to address hard water, aging wastewater treatment plant and other problems.

San Juan Wastewater Treatment Plant Pond 1. Photo by Robert Eliason.

BL Special Report

BL Special Report: San Juan’s wastewater treatment plant adds to city’s water woes

2019 EPA inspection identified 11 areas of concern and described the facility as ‘aging’ and in ‘significant noncompliance.’

The pellet plant. Photo by Robert Eliason.

BL Special Report

BL Special Report: Why San Juan Bautista’s ‘million-dollar’ water fix was never implemented

The ill-fated ‘pellet plant’ was supposed to provide the city with abundant soft water.

City Well #1. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

BL Special Report: San Juan Bautista’s water problems reaching critical mass

City facing substantial fine for its continued inability to process large amounts of pollutants discharged into the Pajaro River, which then enter waterways that empty into Monterey Bay.

City Well #2. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

San Juan City Council receives 80-page water report

Councilman Cesar Flores says the city is facing $800,000 in penalties.