In 2009, the City Council certified the Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP) as mandated by the State of California, General Waste Discharge Requirements (GWDR) for sanitary sewer systems Order No. 2006-0003. In accordance with the GWDR, each element of the SSMP must be updated every five years to reflect current information. As the regulations change or as new information becomes applicable to any of the elements in the SSMP, revisions will be made. The SSMP was last updated in 2014 and is due for another update in 2019. The following is a brief summary of the updates to the SSMP:
- Change in population from 74,799 (2010 Census) to 84,364 (State Department of Finance - January 2019), Pages 2 and 3
- Title change from Water and Sewer Manager to Utility Operations Manager, Pages 6, 7, 8, 9, and Appendix A
- Contact information updates in Appendices A and C
For reference, the following is a summary of the 11 elements of the SSMP which are indicative of a properly managed wastewater collection system:
- Goals: This element of the SSMP identifies goals for the management, operation and maintenance of the sewer system that comply with both the Regional Water Quality Control Board and the State Water Board.
- Organization: This element identifies the City staff members responsible for implementing this SSMP, responding to Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) events, and meeting the SSO reporting requirements.
- Legal Authority: This element of the SSMP discusses the City’s legal authority with respect to its wastewater collection system, including related City-Ordinances and agreements with other agencies.
- Operation and Maintenance Program: This element describes the City’s program to operate and maintain the sewer system, manage engineering data and capacity assurance, and provide training programs.
- Design and Performance Standards: This element describes the design and construction standards that the City utilizes for new sanitary sewer infrastructure, and the procedures and standards for inspection and testing of facilities. These provisions also apply to system repair and rehabilitation.
- Overflow Emergency Response Plan: This element summarizes the response plan and procedures followed by the City in the event of sanitary sewer overflows or other emergency events relating to the sewer system.
- Fats, Oil and Grease Control Program (FOG): This element discusses the FOG control program administered by the City to prevent discharges to the sewer system and provide alternate methods of disposal.
- System Evaluation: This element summarizes the steps the City takes to routinely evaluate the sewer system and capacity, and to plan for needed upgrades and repairs.
- Monitoring, Measurement and Program Modifications: This element outlines the City’s ongoing monitoring activities to maintain information needed to regulate SSMP activities, and measure the effectiveness of the programs.
- SSMP Program Audits: This element discusses the methods that the City will employ to audit the SSMP program.
- Communication Program: This element describes the City’s communication program to keep the public and other City departments apprised of the SSMP status.