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To the community. This is going to be a very simplistic explanation on why we have odors emanating from the industrial ponds.

First, everyone should know that the canning season lasts from the beginning of July to late September early October depending on the growing season. The process water ( tomato skins and water) is transmitted primarily via a storm drain line to the treatment ponds located at the end of South Street. A very important distinction is this discharge is not sewage. Again, just tomatoes and water. San Benito foods sends over 2 million gallons of process water to the treatment facility everyday.

Tomatoes are very acidic. So for the treatment process to work effectively the ph at the cannery should be high. As the process water makes its way through the lines to the treatment facility the ph levels naturally drop.

At the plant the treatment process is biological. There are organisms "bugs" that thrive in that environment that eat the solids and treat the water prior to percolation. In order for the bugs to do well they need oxygen. Optimum DO should be around 2.5. It appears that on Thursday of last week ph levels and DO levels were not conducive for optimum conditions for the bugs to survive.

This is a very sensitive environment and it doesn't take many variables to have a big impact on the treatment process. In addition, since this process is biological, changes in the environmental make-up in the ponds can take several days to correct itself.

I feel it's necessary to tell everyone that San Benito foods and the plant operator go through a pre start-up routine every year. This year was no different and the ponds worked properly for about a month of the season.

We appreciate your patience and understanding. We truly have an outstanding team working on making necessary adjustments.
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Reminder : we ask you to please not park your vehicles in areas in which signage has been posted for road repair activities . Your cooperation not only allow us to finish road repairs more quickly, but it also eliminates the possibility of getting your vehicle towed.

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve our City streets.
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May 2018
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April 30, 2018 May 1, 2018 May 2, 2018 May 3, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 5, 2018 May 6, 2018
May 7, 2018

Category: City CouncilCity Council Meeting

May 8, 2018

Category: City CouncilPublic Art Review Committee - City of Hollister and San Benito County Arts Council

May 9, 2018 May 10, 2018 May 11, 2018 May 12, 2018 May 13, 2018
May 14, 2018 May 15, 2018 May 16, 2018 May 17, 2018 May 18, 2018 May 19, 2018 May 20, 2018
May 21, 2018

Category: City CouncilCity Council Meeting

May 22, 2018 May 23, 2018

Category: City CouncilAirport Advisory Commission

May 24, 2018

Category: City CouncilOversight Board of the Successor Agency

Category: City CouncilPlanning Commission

May 25, 2018 May 26, 2018 May 27, 2018
May 28, 2018 May 29, 2018

Category: City CouncilParks & Recreation Commission Meeting - Cancelled

May 30, 2018 May 31, 2018

Category: City CouncilCity Council Special Meeting - Budget Review Day One

June 1, 2018

Category: City CouncilCity Council Special Meeting - Budget Review Day Two CANCELLED

June 2, 2018 June 3, 2018

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