In the WRCOG vs City of Beaumont Ruling Judge Chaffee stated: “..fraud by clear and convincing evidence..”
Judge Chaffee was referring to mitigation fees collected for roads, but the fraud committed by the City of Beaumont regarding the Wastewater Treatment Plant is even more obvious and detrimental to the citizens of the Pass Area.
A ‘sewer plant’ is a facility that processes sewer waste.
A ‘wastewater treatment plant’ is a facility that produces recycled water from sewer waste.
In 1993 the City of Beaumont received their first bond to upgrade the sewer plant and build a wastewater treatment plant. The wastewater treatment plant was supposed to be completed in 1995. ‘Completed’ as in able to produce Title 22 Compliant recycled water.
The hard fact is that Beaumont Council and Staff never built a wastewater treatment plant - they just started calling the sewer plant a wastewater treatment plant.
For 20 years Beaumont City Council and Staff have repeatedly lied about having a ‘state-of-the-art’ wastewater treatment plant that produced Title 22 Compliant recycled water. The City repeatedly issued press releases and publicly lied to their citizens and to other agencies.
Page 19 of their 2007 General Plan states: “The City of Beaumont Wastewater Treatment Plant was recently expanded to accommodate up to 4.0 million gallons per day of effluent. The City estimates that up to 2,240 acre-feet of recycled wastewater are made available to the community through this plant’s operation on an annual basis.”
In the State of California wastewater can not be not classified as ‘recycled wastewater’ until/unless it is Title 22 Compliant. The City has never produced Title 22 Compliant recycled water. NEVER.
The City hasn’t even attempted to become Title 22 Compliant since 2007. The Bond Fund Accounts verified that the money from the 2001 Wastewater Bond was embezzled between 2009 - March 2012.
The Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District did their part and installed the purple pipes for recycled water, but the City didn’t/couldn’t produce the recycled water. Instead they lied to the public and posted signs on the purple pipes stating: ‘Recycled Water In Use’.
The City has refused to allow Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District Board and Staff Members access to their alleged wastewater treatment plant. The City refuses to allow the men in the door because these men will know that it’s all a big lie.
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
The City’s lies about building a state-of-the-art recycled water plant is fraud by clear and convincing evidence. The only question is: what did the developers know?
Below are City of Beaumont links containing fraudulent documents regarding the recycled water and wastewater treatment plant:
General Plan pg 19: http://www.ci.beaumont.ca.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/63
‘“The City’s treatment plant and recycled water meet or exceed all stat and federal standards”
“In 1994 the city replaced the old plant with a new state-of-the-art facility ..”
“Water Use Per Home 280 Gal/Day Available for Recycling, Landscape Irrigation, Recharge, and Reuse.”
“Wastewater treatment plant expansion and upgrading, water recycling, and storm drains: $21.2 Million.” “Beaumont’s Water History 1994: The City’s wastewater treatment plant is expanded and upgraded”
“The City owns and operates its own Wastewater Treatment Plant”
Transcripts from the September 10, 2014 Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District Workshop
Dr Avi Greene, Four Seasons: “I have no knowledge at all, so I am a complete novice at this. The only thing that spurred my interest was that we have these purple pipes that we paid for that was part of, you know, and I was asking about those. Those are suppose to be for the reclaimed water. So I said, “O great”. When we moved in, which was about five years ago, we were told that this would be for reclaimed water. I said “great, great idea.” It turns out of course as everyone knows, there is no reclaimed water flowing through those, it’s all clean water.”
Water Board Director Ken Ross: “I met with the Regional Water Quality Control Board to find out if the City in fact had a state-of-the-art sewer operation like they said. The members of the Board laughed. They can not get the water clean enough to recycle.”
Water Board Director Dr. Blair Ball: “We got our people together to go look at the wastewater treatment plant, but we were denied access because one staff member from the City of Beaumont didn’t wear her right shoes. So everything stopped and they never let us in. They never let us in.”
District General Manager Eric Fraser: “there was discussion from the City of Beaumont Officials at the ad hock committee and also reported out at the alliance meeting that “Beaumont’s on track, 45 days we will be on track and have our Title 22 approval and legalize that water right away.” And that’s what was assured to me by Kyle and some other Officials from Beaumont. So I took a moment and called Mr. Williams at the Department of Public Health and asked him where are they at and do you think that’s going to happen? Have they approved the protocols? What’s going on? Mr. Williams indicated that he hasn’t heard from the City of Beaumont in quite some time.”