California Waste Discharge Requirements
The following is a summary of the key provisions in the General Waste Discharge Requirement (WDR) adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board of California(SWRCB) on May 2, 2006. The goal of the WDR is to provide a consistent statewide approach for reducing Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs). The WDR outlines these requirements for all publicly owned sanitary sewer collection systems in California with more than one mile of sewer pipe:
- In the event of an SSO, all feasible steps be taken to control the released volume and prevent untreated wastewater from entering storm drains, creeks, etc.
- If an SSO occurs, it must be reported to the SWRCB using an online reporting system developed by the SWRCB. (Note: All spills greater than 1000 gallons still must be reported to the Office of Emergency Services, as is currently required.)
- All publicly owned collection system agencies with more than 1 mile of sewer pipe in the State must develop a Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP).
The 3 key milestones that must be included in the SSMP are:
1) An Overflow Emergency Response Plan
2) An Operation and Maintenance Program
3) A System Evaluation and Capacity Assurance Plan (CAP). The SSMP must be made publicly available.
For detailed information view and download the State General Waste Discharge Requirements for Sanitary Sewer Systems.
What's an SSMP? is an easy-to-read document developed by the Orange County Sanitation District to assist and educate interested parties.
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For additional information visit the California EPA's website at www.waterboards.ca.gov/sso/.