Phase Two

Project Overview

The Civic Center Water Treatment Facility (CCWTF) is a centralized wastewater and recycled water treatment facility that treats wastewater from properties in the Malibu Civic Center area and then provides recycled water to those properties. Phase One of this project was completed in October 2018. CCWTF Phase Two consists of expanding the facility from 190,000 gallons per day to 350,000 gallons per day. This expansion is to include those properties identified in the Phase Two prohibition zone.  Also included in this phase of the project is the collection system, pump stations and recycled water distribution lines. 

Project deadlines

On November 5, 2009, the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) approved a resolution prohibiting the use of septic systems in the Malibu Civic Center Area. On September 21, 2010, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) approved the action taken by the RWQCB, thereby amending the State Basin Plan that includes the septic prohibition. The State Basin Plan established certain dates by which properties in the Civic Center area were required to cease discharge and provided for a municipally owned wastewater treatment facility to be constructed.

On June 27, 2011, the Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City, the RWQCB and SWRCD regarding the implementation of the Basin Plan Amendment for the Civic Center Area Prohibition.  The MOU was amended in December 2014 to extend certain dates.  Under the amended MOU, properties in Phase One of the Prohibition Area (primarily the commercial core of the Civic Center area) were required to connect to a centralized wastewater treatment facility by June 2017.   Phase Two properties (primarily residential) were required to connect to the centralized wastewater treatment facility by November 2022. The MOU includes a third phase that may be implemented but is dependent on the outcome of the first two phases.

In March 2022, the City has requested an extension to the MOU deadlines to resolve cultural resource issues, and have additional time to obtain additional project grants.

CDP & EIR Addendum

On February 1, 2021, the Planning Commission approved a Coastal Development Permit (CDP), Variance, and Addendum No. 1 to the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Phase Two of the CCWTF Project. The CDP allows for the expansion of the CCWTF to Phase Two of the Prohibition Area, including portions of the Civic Center, Malibu Colony, and Serra Retreat communities. Project components include:

  • Improvements to the treatment plant site, including the location of a temporary construction trailer
  • New and modified collection and distribution pipelines
  • Pump stations and other above- and below-ground equipment
  • Related facilities. 
  • The propose variance allows Pump Stations 1 and 3 to be located within 100 feet of a stream/riparian environmentally sensitive habitat area (ESHA). Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), an environmental addendum to the 2015 CCWTF Final EIR was also approved for the Phase Two Project. The Addendum included an analysis of all the environmental issues addressed in the 2015 Final EIR and concludes the project will not create any new significant impacts or increase the severity of any impacts.

Engineering and Design 

On April 18, 2019, the City issued a Request for Qualifications/ Proposals (RFQ/P) for engineering design services for Phase Two. Criteria reviewed during the selection process included an ability to provide stakeholder engagement, and solutions to address collection, distribution, and treatment expansion challenges with innovative, practical, and cost-effective design strategies. At its Regular meeting on August 12, 2019, the City Council authorized a contract with Woodard and Curran for engineering design services.  On February 14, 2022, the project consultant completed the design of the project.


Construction is currently on hold and will be updated upon resolving project issues.

Phase Two Financing

In April 2019, the City entered into an Assessment District Reimbursement Agreement with HRL Laboratories, LLC through which HRL will provide funding for the design and engineering assessment of the CCWTF Phase Two project. The funds would be reimbursed after formation of an Assessment District for Phase Two.

The remaining portion of the project will be funded with a Clean Water State Revolving Fund low interest loan.  Staff is seeking additional recycled water and wastewater grant opportunities.

Preliminary Estimated ASSESSMENTS

The Council approved an agreement with 30 Three Sixty Public Finance, Inc. for services to develop an Assessment District for Phase Two. The Consultant began work in November 2020 and presented an update to the community at a virtual meeting held on January 26, 2021.