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Office of the City Manager INFORMATION CALENDAROctoberr 13, 2009 To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council From: Phil Kamlarz, City Manager Submitted by: Claudette Ford, Director, Public Works Department Subject: Sanitary Sewer System – I nspection and Administrative Order by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency INTRODUCTION This report provides additional information as a companion to the City Auditor’s Report on the same agenda. In the fall of 2008, the City of Berkeley was alerted by the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) that they were in negotiations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding a potential court order. The EPA had determined that all discharges from EBMUD’s wet weather facilities were in violation of the Clean Water Act. EBMUD was alerting the City that the EPA was alleging that wet weaather flows ffrom the City’s sewer ssystem werre contributing to the illicit discharrges and that the City would soon be subject to an inspection by the EPA. EPA completed an inspection of the City’s sewer system in April 2009 and issued the Draft Findings of Violation and Order for Compliance (Compliance Order) on September 29, 2009. The Compliance Order found the City of Berkeley to be “causing and/or contributing to unauthoorized dischharges fromm the EBMUUD Wet Weather Faciliities”. CURRENT SITUATION The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State Water Resources Control ...

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Sanitary Sewer System – Inspection and Administrative Order
INFORMATION CALENDAR
by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
October 13, 2009
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The Draft Compliance Order was received by the City on September 29, 2009. The
Compliance Order directs the City“to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) from its
collection system and to minimize inflow and infiltration into the collection system so as
not to cause or contribute to overflows from the EBMUD Wet Weather Facilities”.
Specific requirements include:
Fully participate and cooperate with EBMUD in the development of a regional
Collection System Asset Management Plan. Complete and submit by 7-15-12.
Update the Private Sewer Lateral Inspection and Repair or Replacement
Program consistent with the Regional Private Sewer Lateral Ordinance by 10-15-
10.
Develop a Sub Basin Flow Monitoring Program by 6-01-10 and complete
installation by 10-15-10.
Develop an Inflow Identification and Elimination Plan by 7-15-10 and begin
implementation by 10-15-10.
Develop and implement a Sewer System Cleaning and Root Control Program by
4-15-10.
Develop a Computerized Maintenance Management System linked to a
Geographic Information System by 10-15-10.
Develop a Sewer Pipe and Maintenance Hole Inspection Plan by 4-15-10.
And additional annual reporting requirements.
BACKGROUND
The EPA completed their inspection of the sanitary sewer system at the same time that
the City Auditor’s Office was completing their review. The PW Department is in the
process of updating the sewer maintenance program and is already moving ahead with
many of the recommendations contained in the City Auditor’s Report.
POSSIBLE FUTURE ACTION
The City Manager will respond to the offer from EBMUD to enter into negotiations
concerning undertaking the operation of the City’s collection system. A full evaluation of
the potential liabilities, benefits, and negative impacts of such a transfer will be
completed.
The City will be required to work closely with EBMUD to develop and implement a
Regional Collection System Asset Management Plan and to comply with all of the
requirements of the Compliance Order.
Sanitary Sewer System – Inspection and Administrative Order
INFORMATION CALENDAR
by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
October 13, 2009
Page 3
Staff will report back to the City Council in 6 months to provide an update on the
negotiations with EBMUD and progress in complying with the requirements of the
Compliance Order.
FISCAL IMPACTS OF POSSIBLE FUTURE ACTION
Staff will evaluate the Compliance Order and provide an estimate of the costs of
compliance in the 6 month update report. Staff anticipates, however, that the costs of
compliance will be significant both in terms of dollars as well as realignment of staff
resources and the resulting impact on the Department’s Work Plan. Failure to comply
with the Compliance Order could result in additional fines and penalties.
CONTACT PERSON
Andrew Clough, Deputy Director, Public Works Department, 981-6661
Attachment
1.
EBMUD Letter