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Further Follow-up from San Martin Neighbors Community Meeting with the City of Morgan Hill on 3/7/17 regarding Wastewater Trunk Line 
Greetings San Martin Neighbors!

On March 7th, the City of Morgan Hill hosted a community meeting for interested San Martin neighbors to discuss the wastewater overflows and opportunities to better communicate.

On March 10th,  we provided follow-up information from the March 7th meeting by email ( provided again at end of this email).  The purpose of this email is to provide further follow-up based upon actions and activities that have taken place since then.

  • Update from Morgan Hill City Council meeting on 3/15/17.  At this meeting the City Council directed staff to return to Council with  a plan for accelerating the implementation of master planned sewer trunk facilities. Link to video from the meeting.  Scroll to item #11 
  • City of the Morgan Hill has created an emergency  communications plan to notify San Martin in the event of a future overspill. Link to plan
  • Well testing has begun for potentially impacted properties.  At this time, 8 wells in the area adjacent to the channel have been sampled.


  • The dry weather allowed for the City of Morgan Hill Wastewater Team to start addressing the inflow and infiltration problem by repairing 10 leaking manholes in the last two weeks.  The leaking manholes were allowing large amounts of groundwater to enter the sewer system.  The pressure from high groundwater levels has pushed water around pipe seals and through cracks into manhole structures.  One of the larger leaks was flowing at about 50 to 75 gallons per minute.  For comparison, an average garden hose flows at about 10 gallons per minute.  The Wastewater Team was  able to observe a significant difference in the system with these repairs in place during the storms earlier this week.


  • The San Martin Neighborhood Alliance webmaster has included the following links on the San Martin Neighborhood Alliance website homepage:

 Sign up for City of Morgan Hill email updates to specific to San Martin neighbors.


         Check out the City of Morgan Hill website page for San Martin Neighbors.


Follow-up Up Information from March 7th Meeting Provided in Email Dated 
  • Wednesday, March 15th the Morgan Hill City Council will receive a report on the wastewater overflows in San Martin and is being asked to accelerate the implementation of the master planned sewer trunk facilities that run through San Martin.   Link to Agenda Item  We encourage all interested San Martin neighbors to come and share your input on this item.
  • The City of Morgan Hill has offered to test all drinking water wells and soil in the areas that have been identified as potentially impacted. Letters were mailed to all potentially impacted San Martin residents today.  Link to Letter
  •  The City of Morgan Hill has established a San Martin neighbors email contact list that neighbors can sign up for at the following link http://bit.ly/2mD10NM .  This list will be used to communicate directly with San Martin neighbors about any potential issues related to the wastewater line and as a way to notify residents if there should be a future overflow.  Letters sharing this information with residents in the potentially impacted areas will be mailed on Monday, 3/13. Link to Letter
  •  A webpage on the City of Morgan Hill website has been established for San Martin Neighbors. We are in the process of populating it with pertinent information.  This will also be a place to check for any potential issues with the wastewater line or future overflows. http://morganhill.ca.gov/1608/San-Martin-Neighbors-Information 
Please feel free to reach out to us if you have questions or concerns about any of the information shared.  We appreciate the opportunity to work collaboratively with you on this important issue.


Karl Bjarke, Director of Engineering and Utilities

Dan Repp, Deputy Director Utility Services
Maureen Tobin, Communications and Engagement Manager
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