Steve Schindler, BBARWA GM, Announces His Retirement

BIG BEAR CITY, CA – Steven Schindler, the General Manager for the Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency (BBARWA), announced he will retire as the head of the organization on May 1, 2017.  Schindler will leave the organization after serving as its chief executive for more than half of the Agency’s existence and longest tenured employee; with over 24 years at BBARWA and over 34 years serving the public in southern California; “It has been an honor and privilege to serve the Big Bear Valley, the Governing Board and staff,” said Schindler. “Together we have made BBARWA a strong...

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No Rate Increases from Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency through 2018

Big Bear, CA, May 14th, 2016 – The California Water News Daily wrote:  The Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency, who serves 25,000 households and business, has managed to accomplish something most California water related agencies have not in recent years, keep rates level for customers. Most water agencies in Southern California are proposing increased water and sewer rates over the coming budget years to cover increased costs for water, maintenance, infrastructure replacement and waste water treatment. According to a study last year by the rating agency Fitch, seventy-eight percent of the agencies polled have increased rates this year.  While most...

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Senator Morrell and Assemblyman Obernolte to Hold Fire Tax Town Halls in Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear

Big Bear, CA, April 13, 2016 – On Saturday, April 16, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) and Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake) will hold two community forums to discuss the status of the controversial state fire prevention “fee”, more commonly known as the fire tax. Senator Morrell recently authored Senate Bill 198 (co-authored by Assemblyman Obernolte) to repeal the fire tax, but it was rejected on a party-line vote. However, Senate Bill 1136, legislation authored by Senator Morrell to require more detailed information on how CalFire spends money generated by the controversial fire prevention fee, was recently passed by a unanimous...

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Big Bear Valley Residents Keep Prescription Drugs Out of the Wrong Hands

Big Bear, CA, February 4, 2016 – Unused or unwanted medications that are stored at home are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, and prescription drugs are the Big Bear Valley’s third most abused substance by youth, tied with ecstasy. The most common way prescription drug abusers obtain these drugs is by receiving, buying, or stealing from friends or family who have extra, unused or expired medications. In order to combat this problem the community came together in January 2015 to place a Prescription Drug Take Back Box in our community. Since the installation of Big...

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Wastewater Agency Approves Cost-Saving Project

Big Bear City, CA, November 20, 2013 – In a special meeting Tuesday, the Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency (BBARWA) approved another money-saving venture. As part of the sewage treatment process, BBARWA dries its sludge before disposal in order to reduce its water content; biosolids are what’s left over. The existing operation uses an open drying bed that’s limited to summer months and occasionally generates odors. But the newly approved Drying Bed Capital Improvement Project will house the drying bed in a metal building measuring nearly 19,000 square feet (315” x 60”). And the agency will use the waste heat from their own generator to heat the floor of the drying bed, which will speed the drying process and further concentrate the biosolids that need to be hauled away. While many U.S. agencies use covered drying beds, using them in conjunction with the heated floors is unique. The improvements are projected to save up to $100,000 per year in transportation, hauling and fuel...

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