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Water Pollution Compliance Programs


rerWastewater facilities play an important role in their own overall compliance status by providing proper operation and maintenance, conducting self-monitoring of their effluent, and implementing adequate process controls.  In doing so, a facility can help prevent many potential pollution problems.

The Water Pollution Control Division in the Bureau of Water is responsible for evaluating the compliance with and enforcing the requirements of the various water pollution control permits issued by the Bureau’s permitting divisions.

The Water Pollution Compliance Section coordinates a number of inspection activities with the Department’s 8 Regional EQC Offices.  Inspections are designed to evaluate a facility’s overall compliance status and may range from a simple facility overview to a detailed inspection and file review and/or laboratory audit.  An inspection may also include comprehensive biological and chemical sampling to determine compliance both with permit limitations and assess whether there are any impacts to water qualityEach type of compliance inspection the department may conduct is listed below.  A brief description of each will be provided when you click on its link.

A wide variety of facility types and/or activities receive permits from the Bureau of Water and therefore are subject to receiving a compliance inspection.  Several facility types have specific inspection documents developed for them because of the unique requirements in their permits. 

Each of the 8 types of facility are listed below.   A brief description of each will be provided when you click on its link.

  1. Wastewater Treatment Plant - direct discharger
  2. Wastewater Treatment Plant - land application/no discharge
  3. Storm water - Industrial Facility
  4. Storm Water - Construction Site
  5. Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)
  6. Agricultural facility
  7. Pretreatment Programs
  8. Satellite Sewer Systems

Other Compliance Link