The Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP) addresses the prevention and cleanup of sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). All sanitary sewer systems are required to comply with the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Order No. 2006-0003 (Order) on General Waste Discharge Requirements. The purpose of the Order is to prevent SSOs, and to provide a plan and schedule for measures to be implemented to prevent SSOs, as well as measures to effectively clean up and report the spills.
The Order requires that sanitary sewer systems properly fund, manage, operate, and maintain the sanitary sewer system for which they are responsible. Sanitary sewer systems must use trained staff (and/or contractors) possessing adequate knowledge, skills, and abilities to complete necessary collection system work. Sanitary sewer systems also must demonstrate preparation of these staff through a validated program.