The California State Water Resources Board (SWRCB) requires all owner/operators of sanitary sewer collection systems to implement a Sanitary Sewer Management Plan that describes the activities the agency uses to effectively manage its wastewater collection system.
The SSMP must plan for:
• Maintaining and improving the collection system infrastructure
• Minimizing infiltration/inflow and providing adequate sewer capacity
• Minimizing the number and impact of sanitary sewer overflows
Each wastewater collection system agency must conduct an annual audit of their SSMP which includes any deficiencies and steps to correct them (if applicable), appropriate to the size of the system and the number of overflows, and submit a report of such audit. Additionally, the SWRCB selects agencies to audit. Some audits are announced, so your agency will have time to prepare for the audit, and others are unannounced. For this reason, your SSMP and all supporting documentation should be well-organized, immediately available and known about by others in your organization.
The Preparing for an Audit of your SSMP Interactive training module has been developed in conjunction with the California State Water Resources Board (SWRCB), the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) and the California Sanitation Risk Management Authority (CSRMA) to educate your agency about the SSMP requirements, and prepare for an audit.