New General Manager Appointed

Seasoned professional Christoph Dobson selected to lead the region’s largest wastewater utilities

Press Release

Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento Area Sewer District (SacSewer) and Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (Regional San) are pleased to announce the appointment of Christoph Dobson to General Manager (District Engineer), effective September 13. Dobson replaces Prabhakar Somavarapu, who recently retired after 25 years of public service. 

Dobson has over 30 years of professional experience and has held several leadership positions within SacSewer and Regional San. Most recently, he served for eight years as Director of Policy and Planning, where he oversaw long-range planning efforts, regulatory and legislative affairs, high-level policy development and scientific research. Prior to that, he served for seven years as Director of SacSewer Operations, where he was responsible for maintenance and operations, safety and regulatory compliance, customer care and engineering.

“I feel privileged to have the trust of our Board of Directors to lead SacSewer and Regional San into the future,” Dobson said. “With a team of more than 750 capable professionals, and the vision and leadership of our Boards, we are primed and ready to continue our important work of protecting public health and the environment—now and for generations to come.”

In his new role, Dobson will be responsible for overseeing operations, finance, policy and planning, public affairs, and internal services for both SacSewer and Regional San. Dobson holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and he is a registered professional engineer in the State of California.

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The Sacramento Area Sewer District (SacSewer) is California’s second largest sewage collection utility and provides service to about 1.2 million people in the Sacramento region. SacSewer owns and operates 4,600 miles of sewer pipes, more than 100 pump stations and is responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the sewer system. Learn more at

The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (Regional San) owns 169 miles of large sewer pipes and the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, located near Elk Grove. Regional San provides sewage conveyance and treatment service to about 1.6 million people throughout the Sacramento region. Learn more at

Nicole Coleman, Public Affairs Manager
916.876.6246 office | 916.704.5502 cell

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