AVALON — The passage of the $20-billion extension of the Clean Water Act over President Reagan's veto last week has city officials here smiling again.
"We are just tickled pink," said Mayor Hugh T. (Bud) Smith. "This will enable us to meet time schedules to get the expanded sewer plant on line."
The city is under a June 1, 1988, deadline imposed by the state Water Quality Control Board to enlarge the plant. It has a 500,000-gallon-a-day capacity but the daily flow has been as high as 800,000 gallons, particularly during the busy summer tourist season.
To handle the excess, the city has to release waste water into the ocean after incomplete treatment.
When Reagan killed the water bill with a pocket veto after Congress adjourned in December, city officials began looking elsewhere for the federal and state shares of the $1.5-million cost of the project. (The state's share was to come partly from federal aid.)