Regulatory & Permitting
Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (SRCSD) is subject to numerous environmental regulations designed to protect the waters that sustain our lives, the land we live on and the air we breathe. Compliance with environmental regulations is a fundamental part our mission and SRCSD takes pride in its outstanding record.
Following is a list of some of the most significant environmental permits that affect the SRCSD:
SRCSD is required to comply with the State Water Resources Control Board Order No. 2006-0003, Statewide General Waste Discharge Requirements (WDR) for Sanitary Sewer Systems. The purpose of the Order is to require agencies to prepare a plan and schedule for measures to be implemented to reduce Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs), as well as measures to effectively clean-up and report SSOs. SRCSD does this through our Sanitary Sewer Management Plan (SSMP).
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit is issued pursuant to the Federal Clean Water Act through the State Water Resources Control Board and the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. The permit governs the quality of the treated wastewater that is discharged from the treatment plant to the Sacramento River.
Wastewater Solids Disposal Permit
Waste Discharge Requirements (WDRs) are established pursuant to California’s Porter Cologne Water Quality Control Act and are issued by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. The WDRs govern the disposal of solids that are removed from the wastewater.
Water Reclamation Permit
A Water Reclamation Permit issued by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board governs the quality of the water that is recycled by the District.
SRCSD has a number of permits issued by the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District that govern the quality of emissions from combustion equipment such as boilers, digester gas flares, and electric generators.
The State Water Resources Control Board has issued general permits (WDRs) that apply throughout the State and govern the quality of stormwater runoff. An industrial permit places requirements on operating facilities such as the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, and a construction permit places requirements on large construction projects.
Collection System Permit
The State Water Resources Control Board has issued a general permit (WDR) that applies to all wastewater collections systems throughout the State. This permit is intended to minimize sanitary sewer overflows (spills) from collection systems through requirements for proper operation and maintenance. This is a relatively new permit, and requirements are being phased in from 2007 through 2009.
If you’d like to read more about the Clean Water Act, go to go to http://www.epa.gov/oecaagct/lcwa.html.
For more information regarding the Porter Cologne Act, visit http://www.etec.energy.gov/Regulation/Porter-Cologne-Water-Quality-Control-Act.html.