Point Dume Village has adopted best-in-class systems to minimize its impact on Malibu’s environment:
Wastewater: In the City of Malibu there is no public sewer system, so every individual residence, multi-family residence, and commercial enterprise is responsible for treating their own sewage on site. The City of Malibu implemented a program several years ago requiring the installation of “advanced” treatment systems, capable of producing effluent similar in quality to many municipal treatment plants. The owner of Point Dume Village took it several steps further and installed a system that achieves the highest level of treatment possible today, using what is called a Membrane Bioreactor (MBR). This MBR incorporates conventional biological treatment, followed by a state of the art submerged hollow fiber membrane filtration system, manufactured by GE Water, a division of General Electric. GE’s membrane filters are the workhorse of the system, straining particles out of the applied sewage through more than nine billion tiny pores that are each only one millionth of an inch in diameter. For a sense of what that means in the real world, the largest bacteria found in nature are nearly three times larger. If you can’t picture that, try this … a human hair is between 750 and 2,500 times larger in diameter than the pores in these membrane filters. Amazing levels of treatment are made possible by such fine filtration. In terms of clarity, the effluent from this MBR is typically 10 times clearer than the EPA drinking water standard. The bottom line is that the product from the Point Dume Village onsite wastewater treatment system is crystal clear, bacteria free, and odorless before it is discharged into seepage pits under the parking lot, where it ultimately improves the quality of the groundwater.
The system runs 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and is continuously monitored by a qualified operations and maintenance firm using sophisticated computerized controls and alarms. A system like this is not cheap to install, operate, or maintain, But Point Dume Village made the commitment to both the environment and the citizens of Malibu because it’s the responsible thing to do. Your continued patronage supports this enterprise.
Dark Skies: International Dark-Sky Association was established in 1988 dedicating themselves to protecting and preserving the nightime environment through quality outdoor lighting. Point Dume Village supports IDA’s efforts and has recently changed the majority of our lighting to LED resulting in low wattage luminaires. Our light fixtures are aimed from the top down and the uplight does not escape the lines of our buildings, allowing us to be considered dark sky compliant. The City of Malibu is working towards approving an initiative for the entire city of Malibu to be dark sky compliant.
Composting: The tenants at Point Dume Village participate in composting for local Malibu residents. Composting is a simple way to add nutrient-rich humus, which fuels plant growth and restores vitality, to depleted soil. It’s also free, easy to make and good for the environment. They use stationary bins and the compost is picked up weekly. Inquire with your favorite food tenant about them composting for you and your gardening needs.
Recycling: Recycling is a process to change waste materials into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfilling) by reducing the need for “conventional” waste disposal, and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to plastic production. Point Dume Village has a 3 yard recycling bin for all of our tenants use. We also encourage our customers to participate by having blue recycling trash bins convienently located through out our common areas.