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This paper discusses some of the challenges utilities have traditionally faced in gaining support for preventive maintenance programs, provides a brief overview of the CMOM regulations as proposed, reviews the expected benefits of CMOM, and outlines some of the measures taken by the City of North Miami Beach to be responsive to this important legislation. Wastewater collection systems may often receive less attention than more visible types of utility infrastructure, especially in those situations where the organization that controls the utility is faced with competing demands for operating funds from other departments. Customers typically show little interest, provided that good services are maintained and costs remain reasonable. Under such conditions, efforts to fund and sustain a comprehensive program of planning and preventive maintenance have not always found widespread support. The proposed CMOM regulations elevate issues of capacity assurance, personnel training and responsibility, proper operation and preventive maintenance, overflow response planning and notification, and deficiency correction to the level of regulatory compliance. The enactment of the CMOM regulations should enhance protection of the environment and improve the overall infrastructure and operation of collection systems. Moreover, the CMOM framework provides welcome support for system operators, both by affirming the importance of their role in system management and by encouraging appropriate funding levels for the implementation of comprehensive preventive maintenance programs.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2003-01-01

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