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“POLICY FOR ACCEPTANCE OF INTERIM DRY WEATHER NUISANCE FLOW TO THE WASTEWATER COLLECTION, TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL SYSTEM PURSUANT TO PRETREATMENT PROGRAM AND WASTEWATER DISCHARGE REQUIREMENTS” (“NUISANCE FLOW DIVERSION POLICY”) OR HOW WE HANDLE URBAN SLOBBER

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SOCWA's Policy defines what nuisance flow is. Just because you define it doesn't make it easier tohandle. No one makes it! No one wants it! No one is responsible for it! Yet, it is here to stay. SOCWA, a Joint Powers Authority (JPA), and its Member Agencies have developed a program for handling nuisance flows. Several ways to handle nuisance water are Best Management Practices (BMPs), public education coupled with pollution prevention (P2), end of storm drain treatment facilities such as continues deflection separation (CDS)technology, and diversion of urban runoff to the sewer system. Entities that intend to divert nuisance flows to the sewer system must file an application with SOCWA. The applicant must submit a Nuisance Water-Special Wastewater Discharge (NSWD) Permit application with information and data on the proposed diversion flow. The applicant must secure an agreement with the affected Member Agency for fees, indemnification and insurance. The applicant must also submit proposed diversion facility plans. The burden is on the applicant. SOCWA's role is to coordinatewith the applicant and the affected Member Agency to obtain all required information about the project and to issue a NSWD Permit when all requirements are completed and in place. The Member Agency's role is to (1) determineif there is sufficient capacity in the receiving sewer line for the diversion flow; (2) coordinate with SOCWA todetermine if there is sufficient capacity in the affected treatment plant receiving the diversion flow and; (3) to complete an agreement with the applicant and to review the NSWD Permit prior to issuance. The applicant's role, simply put, is to comply with all requirements contained in Nuisance Flow Diversion Policy and the NSWD Permit when issued.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2003-01-01

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