Region 4's MOM Program, Inception and Intended Use

Author: Herwig, Roy A.

Source: Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation, Collection Systems 2011 , pp. 297-299(3)

Publisher: Water Environment Federation

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Abstract:

This paper will present a synopsis of the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4 (EPA R4) history with regard to the development and implementation of the wastewater collection system management, operation and maintenance (MOM) program. The paper is divided into six parts: In the Beginning; The Federal Advisory Committee; “The Epiphany”; The Region 4 Solution, The Intended Use of MOM; and, “The Kinder, Gentler Approach”.

Thus, this paper will cover the initial period when Region 4 was taking enforcement actions against wastewater collection systems such as Miami-Dade County, Florida which were experiencing the escape of sewage from the sanitary sewer system (sanitary sewer overflows or SSOs) for a number of reasons through to the formulation of an industry standard to guide, and evaluate the performance of, publicly owned wastewater collection systems.
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