Stanford’s wastewater is collected in its sanitary sewer system and conveyed to and through Palo Alto sewer lines to Palo Alto’s treatment plant at the north side of the city. The sanitary sewer system consists of 43 miles of pipe and is managed by the Water Resources and Civil Infrastructure (WRCI) Group within the Sustainability and Energy Management Department.
Within the WRCI group, the Water Quality, Efficiency, & Stewardship (WQES) team works with faculty, students, researchers, food service establishments, and other campus facilities staff and contractors to ensure their awareness of the regulatory requirements for proper storage and disposition of wastes that could impact wastewater quality, blockages, and compliance. Wastewater monitoring by both the Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant staff and Stanford's WQES staff ensures the program’s effectiveness. Through its management practices, Stanford’s wastewater pollution prevention program assures regulatory compliance and environmental stewardship.