Protecting the Environment

SSO Impact on the Environment

In addition to the spread of disease, a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) can also damage property and the environment. Cleanup and repairs to homes, yards, roadways, playgrounds, and other public areas can be expensive for both homeowners and municipalities. A key concern with SSOs that enter rivers, lakes, streams, or brackish water is their effect on water quality. Not only do they pose a public health risk, but when bodies of water cannot be used for drinking water, fishing, or recreation, then communities may also experience economic loss. Tourism and waterfront home values may fall. Fishing and shellfish harvesting may be restricted or halted. SSOs can even close beaches. Therefore, keeping our waterways safe and clean is a high priority for Clean Water Forward.

CMOM Compliance

The US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) works with its federal, state, local, and tribal regulatory partners to protect human health and the environment. The comprehensive Clean Water Act compliance monitoring program ensures that the regulated community obeys environmental laws and regulations by conducting onsite visits by qualified inspectors, and by reviewing information that the US EPA or a state/tribe requires to be submitted. The US EPA and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) require each entity to maintain and keep its wastewater collection system in good operating condition, as defined by published capacity, management, operations, and maintenance (CMOM) guidelines.

Through its partnerships and alliances, CWF is committed to bringing the existing system into compliance and maintaining all necessary standards to keep it that way. You can also help play a part in keeping our water systems clean by protecting the source.