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Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM) Meeting

Mon. January 8th @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM) Meetings ~ 2nd & 4th Mondays @ 7:00pm


Watch remotely. Comments and questions by email.

SAM Agendas and Zoom Links

SAM Meeting Videos via Pacific Coast TV




Contact Us

Our regular office hours are 7:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The Authority can be reached 24-hours a day at:
(650) 726-0124


Our Address is:

Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside
1000 Cabrillo Hwy N.
Half Moon Bay,  CA  94019

(650) 726-7833 (fax)


The Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM) provides wastewater treatment services and contract collection maintenance services for a population of approximately 24,000 in the following areas:

  • City of Half Moon Bay
  • El Granada
  • Miramar
  • Montara
  • Moss Beach
  • Princeton by the Sea



SAM Directors


SAM is a joint powers authority (JPA) created by its three member agencies: City of Half Moon Bay (City), Granada Community Services District (GCSD), and the Montara Water and Sanitary District (MWSD).


The JPA is a separate, independent, public agency created by the member agencies to perform functions and share powers common to the member agencies. Those powers are outlined in a joint exercise of powers agreement (Agreement). The Agreement creating SAM can be found on the Documents page.


Each Agreement identifies how the independent agency will be governed. In the case of SAM, each member agency appoints two members from its governing board to represent it on the SAM Board of Directors, for a total of six directors.


The Agreement also establishes the weight of each director’s vote. The vote by each representatives from the City is given the weight of two votes. The vote by each representative from GCSD and MWSD is given the weight of one vote. The total number of possible votes is eight. A quorum is a minimum of five votes and resolutions require at least six votes to pass.




Trash Wipes and Rags; Do NOT Flush. Cost For Repair?

VIDEO. Two pump failures in last two weeks.

Wipes and rags, as seen below, are the culprit.


Talk to your neighbors, please.

Repair for one pump can be $50,000.

Replacement is very, very expensive. A new pump can be a million dollars.

Burning out a generator can cost $100,000 to replace

~ Montara Sewer and Water District’s (MSWD) Board Member Kathryn Slater-Carter and MSWD General Manager, Clemens Heldmaier.



Smaller Is Better: The Solution to California’s Ancient Water Pipes

Written by: Rinaldo Veseliza
President and Principal Architect at CASE4GOOD Sustainable Environmental Solutions

Video Tour of the SAM Plant


Picture of SAM plant





Mon. January 8th
7:00pm - 9:00pm
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Kishen Prathivadi
(650) 726-0124


SAM Admin Building
1000 Cabrillo Hwy N
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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