The Town Council approved and certified a Programmatic EIR in November 2022.
Since its incorporation in 1979, the Town of Paradise has sought a wastewater treatment solution, with a focus primarily on commercial and densely-populated residential areas — the portions of Paradise most vulnerable to groundwater degradation and economic stagnation due to sewer limitations. To learn more about the history of the Paradise Sewer Project, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.
In 2020, the Town contracted with HDR, an engineering consulting firm, to prepare an updated assessment of project options. To review the summary of this assessment, please click here. The assessment compared two alternatives for local wastewater treatment and discharge with a regional alternative involving piping wastewater to the Chico Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP). The regional alternative was recommended because it had the lowest cost, community impacts, probable environmental impacts as well as the simplest operations and most support from the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. The Town Council approved and certified a Programmatic EIR in November 2022.
Proposed Project Location
The proposed project is currently estimated to cost approximately $184 million.
$30M Design and Right-of-way
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The Paradise Sewer Project will bring many benefits to the region:
Provide wastewater disposal surety to help businesses and jobs return to Paradise and spur on recovery
Allow for more densely-populated residential development in the Town to help increase affordable housing
Improve Paradise groundwater quality by decreasing septic tank discharges
Create a wastewater solution supported by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board and partner agencies to help create opportunities for additional funding