The State Water Board intends to revise the Sanitary Sewer System Waste Discharge Requirements, the primary regulation governing collection systems in California. Although no specific revisions have been released, we, in coordination with the Bay Area of Clean Water Agencies and the Southern California Alliance of Publicly Owned Treatment Works, submitted a series of preliminary suggestions for the update. The Board plans to host a series of workshops in May followed with a release draft for public review in the fall of 2018.

Our preliminary recommendations include support for more efficient and effective permitting, development of a “de minimis” threshold for reduced reporting and articulation of how climate change considerations will be incorporated into the Sanitary Sewer System Waste Discharge Requirements. The Board’s workshops will occur on the following dates in various locations around the state.

  • May 9, 2018 in Redding
  • May 17, 2018 in Sacramento
  • May 22, 2018 in Fresno
  • May 31, 2018 in Riverside
  • June 2, 2018 in San Diego
  • June 14, 2018 in Oakland

Sign up on the Board’s website  to receive up-to-date information about the workshops including webinar options.  Enter your information and select under the Water Quality header “Sanitary Sewer Overflow Reduction Program Order Review” to get connected.

The Water Board is also working with the California Water Environment Association to host additional workshops in the summer and fall. We’ll let you know as those are scheduled.