strategy took the form of a voluntary model consent agreement. This consent agreement would require utilities to take a capacity assurance, management, operation, and maintenance (CMOM) -based approach to addressing SSOs.
The GWEF’s Collection Systems Committee (GWEF-CSC), comprised of volunteer members representing utilities, equipment manufacturers, regulatory agencies, consulting engineers, and other water professionals, collaboratively developed the guidance for implementation of this alternative strategy in a way that met the needs of the regulatory agencies, addressed the concerns of the utility owners, and served the interests of the public. This regional (zero tolerance area) solution developed by GAWP to address a regional issue (Zero Tolerance Policy) is now applied statewide by EPD, confirming the advantages of a collaboratively developed solution that incorporates national trends and industry best practices for improving utility business practices to achieve the regulatory goals of zero preventable SSOs and protection of the environment. This proved to be a win-win-win solution for utilities, regulatory agencies, and the environment.