by Ciaran Gallagher, CivicSpark Fellow
“If we’re doing our job right, you don’t notice us because it doesn’t smell.” David, the Manager of Hayward’s Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) explained the key to the facilities’ success to us. Us being two CivicSpark Fellows working for the City of Hayward for the next year and the Solid Waste Program Manager, Jeff Krump, on a tour of the wastewater treatment plant in Hayward’s backyard. But as we walked across the expansive site, we quickly realized that wastewater treatment is much more complicated than that. Chemicals, microorganisms, maintaining equipment, and physics of water flow – these are daily concerns at the WPCF.