Beaumont’s Expert Consultants Mark Wildermuth and Hisam Baqai
The Experts Claimed that Beaumont’s Sewer Can Process More than Capacity Allows and Technology will Solve the Brine Problem.
Beaumont’s Expert Consultants
Mark Wildermuth and Hisam Baqai were the Sewer Experts relied upon by the State Water Board and the City of Beaumont.
Hisam Baqai was the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board Manager until he lost his job for his part in the ‘Erin Brockovich’ water contamination scandal. Baqai was immediately hired by Urban Logic Consultants and became the intermediary between the City of Beaumont and the State Water Board. After ULC slithered out of town Willdan Engineering agreed to hide Baqai.
The ‘Capacity’ of a sewer plant is the amount of sewage the plant is equipped to process, measured in ‘Million Gallons per Day’ (MGD).
The City is required to report to the State Water Board when the Sewer Plant reaches 75% Capacity. The City has been over 75% Capacity since at least 2014.
Beaumont’s trusted Staff’s solution to Sewer Capacity is to Forge the Capacity Calculations and make up crazy lies.
On July 29, 2016 Hisam Baqai stated to the Santa Ana Regional Board: “..Beaumont’s wastewater treatment plant has the ability to address the wastewater flows IN EXCESS OF THE DESIGN FLOWS.”
No, Beaumont’s sewer plant is not magical and can not process more wastewater than it is designed to process; and common sense should have told every Member of the State Water Board that it was a false statement.
Mark Wildermuth is the ‘Environmental Engineer’ that Forged EPA Reports creating the ‘Blue Baby Scams’ on Chino Valley, Cherry Valley, and Quail Valley.
From 2002 to 2009 Wildermuth Environmental was paid $1.9 Million through STWMA until it dissolved, then Wildermuth was paid $1.2 Million by the City of Beaumont.
Wildermuth vanished after telling the Beaumont City Council on October 6, 2015, that the City’s Title 22 Engineering Report was ‘almost’ complete and the City could have ‘Title 22 Compliant Recycled Water’ by the December, 2015.
The City of Beaumont and the Yucaipa Valley Water District were both required to construct Recycled Water Facilities. Both Agencies were required by the State Water Quality Control 2006 Basin Plan to complete the construction by January, 2015.
In June, 2007, STWMA approved participation in the SARI Brine Line to dispose of the Recycled Water ‘SALT’. In September, 2008, after $40 Million was Embezzled instead of constructed Beaumont’s Recycled Water Facility; STWMA decided that Beaumont would not participate in the Brine Line.
Yucaipa constructed their Facility, has Title 22 Compliant Recycled Water, and participates in the Brine Line as required by the 2006 Basin Plan.
The City of Beaumont is, for the 3rd time in a decade, at the ‘Submit Plan’ stage of the Basin Plan.
So what happened? Why did STWMA decided that Beaumont did not need to join the SARI Brine Line?
Disposing of Recycled Water ‘SALT’ was part of the Basin Plan in 2006. Eleven years later Mark Wildermuth claimed the State Water Board ‘slammed them with a deadline’.
On January 20, 2015, Mark Wildermuth explained that, in his expertise, decided that Beaumont didn’t need to participate in the Brine Line because in ’20 or 30 years’ Technology would invent another solution.
The Citizens of Beaumont are once again opening their wallets to pay another set of ‘experts’ to ‘join the Brine Line’ and construct a ‘state of the art’ recycled water facility that will produce Title 22 Compliant Recycled Water.
January 20, 2015 Beaumont City Council Agenda item 7.g. Preliminary Plan and Schedule for the Salt Mitigation Facilities & Expansion of the WWTP by Wildermuth Environmental: http://www.ci.beaumont.ca.us/D…
1:19:00 Mark Wildermuth: While that letter talks of Facilities, it’s really the ‘potential’ Facilities. It looks now under the timeline we’re under that maybe ZLD would be easiest to implement for each time schedule, but it provides for you to figure out what the best plan is for the City in the Feasibility Section. I want to describe to you how we got here. In 2004 the City and the other Stakeholders in the Basin came up with this Max Benefit concept. In that Max Benefit concept we figured that we would not need to do the SALT at all for 20 or 30 years, we didn’t. In the last few years the group got bigger and they wanted to redo the Max Benefit. It took a few years, it was hotly debated and a lot of compromise and a new Basin Plan Amendment came through. That Amendment came through in March of last year,  April of last year, and it had these really tight timelines.
1:20:00 Wildermuth: So if you roll back to 2005 or 2006 when PC1 was studying this Issue. The BCVWD and the City said: we don’t need to get into Yucaipa’s Brine Line Extension. We won’t need it for 20 or 30 years when Technology will be available for us ‘then’ to do this. So, come to the present; we got slammed with a deadline the year when we’re expecting to have maybe 15 or 20 years. So that’s the paradigm change. We’re not on this panic mode because we’ve been sitting on our backsides for a long time. It just came at us and just to come as far as we have in the time we’ve had is pretty impressive. The Plan, the part of the document that’s going to the Regional Board is; we think we know how to do it. This is our schedule to comply and we’ll comply. In there is a Feasibility Preliminary Design Reports, CEQA Documents that will cover all the alternatives, and you’ll have the opportunity to pick it. Councilman White; you’re referring to 90%, 85% numbers in state of the art are hard to reach.
1:21:00 Wildermuth: A modern common desalting plant achieves 85% recovery of water and a 90% reduction of TDS. There’s nothing, that’s not a stretch, that’s what they do. If we were to do like they’re doing in Chino Basin; they’re expanding what they call the Chino II Desalter. That expansion is really a ZLD facility. They’re supposed to make bricks of SALT that they’re going to market in the Central Valley of California. The big ‘ag ranges’[?] is going to the same technology. Not quite the ZLD we’re talking about here, but it’s very similar to that. Like Kyle said; we may end up trucking some trucks down to the SARI Line in Riverside in the early stages of the plant. And maybe they’ll be a Brine Line at a later stage or maybe ZLD for the 1st stage, not sure. That’s all going to be worked out. What’s key to keeping the schedule is City Staff coming to you timely. You’re going to have to make quick decisions, so you’re expectations should be they’re going to provide you the information timely to go fast.