Emergency access between West Campus Point and Isla Vista is possible through a gate on the eastern perimeter.
The gate is locked with a padlock at its south end. The current Board president (Emily Zinn) has one copy of the key, the current vice-president (Elizabeth Teare) has another, the property manager (Sandie Foehl) has a third, and a fourth copy is stored in a lock box above the mailboxes in the kiosk at the entrance to the 960’s.
The WCP sump reservoir has two pumps, a primary and a backup. The sewer pump control box is situated at the north of the complex, directly across the street from unit 942.
The primary pump goes on when sewage reaches ~2.5′ in the sump. The secondary goes on when it reaches ~4.5′. A green flashing light means the primary pump has failed and the secondary pump is working. A red flashing light means that neither pump is working and the level in the sump is above 5′. The sump is ~15′ deep; when it overflows it shows up as water coming out the sewer manhole in the middle of the street. It can hold a LOT of sewage, but it’s not good to test it out, and it is a violation to put untreated sewage into the storm drain system (where it eventually goes).
In March 2017, residents noticed a glitch after a scheduled power outage: the green light remained flashing even after power had been restored, the sewage level was below 2.5′, and everything was functioning normally. It appears that the green light has to be reset by hand.
If the lights are flashing (and it isn’t due to the glitch just mentioned), call Gary Fuller at (805) 637-5559.
Gary is a general electrical and plumbing contractor, who has helped out at WCP for many years. (For example, as of March 2017, he is contracted to read our water meters.) If Gary encounters any sump issues he can’t handle, he calls up a Ventura-based company (Oil Fields ?) that charges a pretty penny ($150/hr from point of departure) but has been able to resolve any problem Gary has ever encountered.
Why should WCP residents avoid running water down the drains or flushing toilets during a power outage?
Sewage from WCP is directed to a sump which must be actively pumped to leave the property. There are two pumps, a primary and a backup, both of which run on electrical power from Southern California Edison. If residents are not conscientious during a power outage, the sump may overflow. When it overflows it shows up as water coming out the sewer manhole in the middle of the perimeter road on the north end of the complex, and flows into the storm drain system, which flows directly to the ocean.
According to Gary Fuller (the plumber who has serviced our sump and pumps over the years), our sump can hold approximately 3000 gallons of sewage. This means that, if the pump stops working, each household can send only ~45 gallons of water down its drains before the sump overflows. A typical toilet flush sends ~ 2 gallons of water down the drain. A typical dishwasher sends ~ 6 gallons of water down the drain. A typical clothes washing machine sends ~ 30 gallons of water down the drain. A typical shower sends ~ 2 gallons of water per minute down the drain. Therefore, during an extended power outage, WCP residents should avoid water intensive activities like washing clothes or dishes or taking showers, and limit themselves to < 20 toilet flushes, in order to prevent the sump from overflowing.