Wastewater Treatment Facility

The Spring/Summer 2016 issue of Wastewater Professional, published by the California Water Environment Association has honored Jeff Carson, Operations and Maintenance Manager at the City Water Pollution Control Facility, as one of a handful of “California’s Emerging Leaders in the Water Environment”. 

Jeff Carson

Here’s the link to the magazine where the entire article can be found beginning on page 17.

Jeff started his position with the City four years ago. He came to the City from the Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin, where he was interim general manager. Jeff has a BA in biology and environmental studies from
Cal State University – East Bay. Congratulations Jeff!

On World Water Day here in Hayward we celebrate the heroes who work around the clock to ensure that our wastewater is treated to the highest standards. All of our wastewater eventually ends up in the bay. 

Wastewater Treatment Staff

This year the United Nation's World Water Day is focused on the connection between water and jobs. According to the UN, "Today, almost half of the world's workers - 1.5 billion people - work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery."

At the Wastewater Treatment Facility, Hayward employees take pride in treating the wastewater to levels that well exceed the State standards, doing their part to keep the SF Bay healthy to enjoy, live, and cherish for generations to come. 

In 2015 the hard work resulted by being awarded California Water Environment Association Plant of the Year, SF Bay Section award. See some of the amazing work that is done at your Facility:


A species of air-breathing, freshwater snail thrives in some of the treatment facilities at the Wastewater Treatment Facility.


The snails clog pumps and disrupt the air flow needed to promote the growth of beneficial wastewater organisms. The men and woman who work at the Wastewater Treatment Facility are responsible for removing hundreds of thousands of these tiny snails annually to maintain process quality.

In the photo below, employees Roy Bosbach, Epheriam Taylor, and Marshall Harvey are in a solids contact tank that has been drained for cleaning. These 400,000 gallon tanks are approximately 16 feet deep. After sweeping the snails into a pile, staff coordinates with the Collections Department to suck them out of the tank using a vacuum truck.

Snail removal of is one of the many tasks required to keep Hayward’s wastewater treatment process flowing smoothly.

Wastewater Treatment employees work as a team daily to keep dozens of pumps running, rebuild equipment in house, clean pumps that contain dangerous items like needles and raw sewage, troubleshoot state of the art computerized electrical equipment, and sample and monitor water at one of the highest frequencies in the area.

Workers removing snails