Las Virgenes-Triunfo Joint Powers Authority
In 1964, a Joint Powers Authority partnership was established between Triunfo Water & Sanitation District and Las Virgenes Municipal Water District to cooperatively treat wastewater in the Malibu Creek watershed. The Tapia Water Reclamation Facility began operating in 1965 and had an initial capacity of 0.5 million gallons per day. In 1972, the plant began to produce recycled water for landscape irrigation. As a result of population growth in the 1980s and 1990s, the JPA expanded Tapia’s treatment capacity to its current level of 16 million gallons per day.
The JPA’s latest major initiative is the innovative Pure Water Project. Using “potable reuse,” a water supply strategy used by many cities and water agencies in California and across the United States, the project will enhance local water supply reliability and drought resilience, while eliminating discharges of treated water from the Tapia plant into Malibu Creek.
The Joint Powers Authority Board, made up of the combined boards of both districts, meets on the first Monday of each month and alternates the meeting locations between the Oak Park Public Library and the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District office.