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STARTING A COLLECTION SYSTEM OUTREACH PROGRAM

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Abstract:

OCSD owns and operates regional wastewater collection and treatment facilities under an NPDES Permit. We collect, transport and treat about 240 MGD of flow from 25 autonomous satellite cities and sewering agencies in a 470 square mile metropolitan service area. Population served is about 2.3 million. We are also developing the architecture for a GIS.

In response to sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) the Federal Advisory Committee was formed by the EPA in 1994 to help draft the proposed SSO Rules also known as cMOM, the acronym for: Capacity, Management, Operations and Maintenance. The Collection Facilities O&M management team identified a need to begin working closer with all satellites due to potential permitting and responsibility issues that proposed cMOM may bring. The outcome was a strategy to develop and implement our OCSD City and Agency Collection Facilities O&M Survey, also known as our Outreach Program. This program completed it's fourth year in June 2001 and has proven successful in improving communications, sharing information, improved collaboration on daily O&M issues, I/I reduction, spill response planning & reporting, and other topics.

The overall goals for the Outreach Program are to become more knowledgeable of the assets managed by our satellite agencies, to leverage expertise in the region, and promote improved networking among cities and collection system owners, operators and managers. As it is well received by our 25 member Board of Directors and our Executive Management Team it is now one of OCSD's annual Critical Goals. The information compiled is shared with our satellite partners, local and regional regulators, the media, and others.

There has been increased emphasis by our California Water Quality Control Board-Santa Ana (Region 8) on reducing beach closures due to sanitary sewer overflows In late April of 2002, the Regional Board is scheduled to adopt Waste Discharge Requirements for sanitary sewers and a general permitting program. The structure of the WDRs are very similar to EPA's proposed “cMOM”. The Outreach Program has proven beneficial in developing teamwork and cooperation. The presentation and paper will provide adequate information for the reader and attendee to develop a plan for initiating their own Outreach Program in their region or watershed. The attribute information collected during the Outreach Program is very valuable in defining and supporting the needs for a Geographic Information System (GIS).

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2175/193864702785300818

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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