About Us

Facility History

Santa Paula is located just north of Los Angeles in Ventura County, California and has a population of approximately 30,000. The City’s original wastewater facility was built in 1939 and underwent several upgrades and modifications over its lifetime.  Eventually it reached the end of its useful service life and needed to be replaced in order to comply with state requirements. The Regional Water Quality Control Board agreed that if the City could come into compliance by December 15, 2010, the Board would waive the accumulated fines.

The City chose to use the design-build-operate-finance (DBOF) method of procurement for their new facility and in May 2008, the City Council awarded the DBOF contract to Santa Paula Water, LLC, a joint venture of PERC Water Corporation and Alinda Capital Partners.

For more information on how the project was developed, please download the project case study.

PERC Water began the engineering of the project on May 6, 2008 and commenced construction two months later. Construction was completed in December 2009. After testing, commissioning and startup, the facility took full flow from the City on May 13, 2010 – seven months in advance of its December 15 compliance deadline.


 

News/Awards

Water PERCs - CA Firm Builds First Privately Funded Water Recycling Facility
Digital Magazine   PDF
Integration Quarterly, Spring 2011

Recycling Facility Benefits from Energy Efficient Processes

WaterWorld, March 31, 2011

Santa Paula: A case study in energy efficiency
Desalination & Water Reuse, March 22, 2011

Santa Paula Water Recycling Facility Achieves Final Completion
Santa Paula Times, March 11, 2011

Santa Paula Water Recycling Facility, USA
water-technology.net, January 2011

Santa Paula Private Water Plant Shines
Public Works Financing, December 2010

Water Recycling Facility creates more than 35 percent in energy savings
Water Technology Online, December 16, 2010

Santa Paula's new water recycling facility officially completed
Santa Paula Times, December 15, 2010

Environmental Business Journal 2010 Business Achievement Award - Project Merit
For the second year in a row, the EBJ selected PERC Water as a 2010 Award Recipient, this year in the Project Merit category for "the design, construction, and operation of the Santa Paula Water Recycling Facility."

MBRs Come of Age
Water Efficiency, September/October 2010

GOP candidate Whitman brings ideas to Santa Paula
Ventura County Star, July 1, 2010

Next-Generation Recycling - A West Coast city shaves the cost of installing one of the nation's largest membrane bioreactor systems by one-third
Public Works Online, May 27, 2010

A Total Solution - Layton-PERC Water partnership solves municipal problems
Foundation, April 2010

Environmental Business Journal 2009 Business Achievement Award - Sustainability & Resource Protection
The EBJ selected PERC Water as a 2009 Sustainability and Resource Protection Award recipient as a result of our efforts to deploy "energy-saving technology" at the Santa Paula, California Water Recycling Facility.

Plant Profile - Santa Paula Water Recycling Facility
Water Environment Federation, December 2009

Santa Paula, California Water Recycling Facility Cuts Power Consumption Costs

Water & Wastes Digest, August 21, 2009

Global Water Intelligence – Water Deal of the Year 2009
PERC Water and Alinda were presented the Global Water Awards’ 2009 “Water Deal of the Year” Award of Distinction for their utilization of public-private partnerships in the contract to design, build, operate and finance the Santa Paula Water Recycling Facility.

Water Recycling Plant Nominated for International Deal of the Year

Santa Paula Times, April 8, 2009


 

Awards

DBIA Western Pacific - Best Project - Water Award 2011 PERC Water was awarded the top tier "Best Project - Water" Regional Award from the 2011 Design-Build Institute of America Western Pacific Region. 

Environmental Business Journal 2010 Business Achievement Award - Project Merit For the second year in a row, the EBJ selected PERC Water as a 2010 Award Recipient, this year in the Project Merit category for the design, construction, and operation of this Facility.

Environmental Business Journal 2009 Business Achievement Award - Sustainability & Resource Protection The EBJ selected PERC Water as a 2009 Sustainability and Resource Protection Award recipient as a result of their efforts to deploy energy-saving technology at this Facility.

Global Water Intelligence - Water Deal of the Year 2009 PERC Water and Alinda Capital were presented the Global Water Awards' 2009 "Water Deal of the Year" Award of Distinction for their utilization of public-private partnerships in their contract for this Facility. GWI stated the decision made by the city of Santa Paula to use private sector funding demonstrates a "bold new direction in the financing of US water infrastructure" and described the deal as a "ground-breaking transaction which can be emulated across the United States."