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California State Waste Discharge Requirements

Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP)

On May 2, 2006 the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) adopted the Statewide General Waste Discharge Requirements (GWDR) for Sanitary Sewer Systems, herein referred to as the “General Order”. The purpose of this General Order is to insure that wastewater collection systems are properly operated and maintained by the municipalities that are in charge of their operations. The General Order applies to all public collection system agencies in California that own or operate collection systems comprised of more than one mile of pipe or sewer lines and convey untreated wastewater to a publicly owned treatment facility. The principal elements of the order include requiring each agency to prepare a Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP) which outlines how the municipality operates and maintains the collection system, and reporting of all Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) to the SWRCB’s online SSO database (CIWQS).

The SSMP was presented and approved by City Council on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009. 

For more information please visit the State Water Resources Control Board website: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/sso/ 
or for information on Residential Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) go to www.stoptheclog.com

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