What is a Capacity Management Program?
The concept of capacity management was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in an effort to reduce sewer system overflows. The Capacity, Management, Operation & Maintenance Program or C.M.O.M., was established to help sewer system’s develop standard management, operations and maintenance activities that aid in preventing, finding and correcting system problems contributing to sewer overflows.
In February 2006, the City of Brentwood and several other municipalities/utilities in middle Tennessee were invited by EPA, Region IV to conduct a self audit of their respective sewer collection systems.
Brentwood’s CMOM program included developing and implementing the following key elements:
• Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for safety policies and procedures
• Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) control program
• SOP’s for conducting system design reviews
• SOP’s for all sewer assessment practices
• SOP’s for responding to overflows
• Review, update, and implement the use of the log in/log out form for the grinder pump station spare parts
• Review and update Sewer Use Ordinance
• Contingency planing
• SOP’s for pump station inspection, operation and maintenance.
• SOP’s for gravity line and air release valve maintenance
• SOPs for line blockages or line breaks
• Emergency SOP’s for pumping stations
Formalizing and implementing these programs has aided the Department in improving productivity, accountability and overall management of Brentwood’s sewer system.