Pump Station Emergency Response Plans Webinar

Imagine a large rainstorm. The power goes out to a critical pump station. The backup generator fails. The roads flood and crews can't reach the station. Homes and businesses are flooded with sewage. Sewage is discharged to Waters of the State. What's your defense when the regulators and media arrive? Act of God? Events beyond your control? Good luck with that.

The State Water Resources Control Board and the public demand we are prepared for predictable events. Pump station failures are predictable events. What is your plan for mitigating the impacts when your pump stations go down?

Under the existing Sanitary Sewer System WDRs (SSSWDRs), collection system operators must develop “procedures to address emergency operations”, including efforts to “ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to contain and prevent discharge of sewage” to comply with the existing SSMP.


If your SSMP does address pump station failures, does it identify where each pump/lift station would be expected to overflow in the event of a stoppage, power outage or other issue? Have all stations been reviewed to determine their potential threat for impacting surface waters in the event of an SSO? Have holding times been determined? Have essential Emergency Operating Procedures (EOPs) been developed, published and tested for each of your pump/lift stations, such as operation of backup equipment and/or spare parts, procedures blocking nearby storm drain structures, ensuring safe and effective traffic control measures, bypassing, etc?



Regardless of whether your SSMP includes pump/lift station EOPs or not, please join us for a free, informative and practical webinar sponsored by the California Sanitation Risk Management Authority (CSRMA), the recognized leader in California for state-of-the-art risk management practices for reducing the frequency and severity of SSOs and sewer backups.

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