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Capacity Management, Operation, and Maintenance (CMOM) | Print |

The US EPA, through the Georgia EPD, has proposed a program that requires an ongoing process for the management of wastewater collection systems. The approach adopts planning, funding, and educational programs to manage the wastewater infrastructure to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows and to improve system reliability. Fulton County has developed a CMOM program and has presented it to Georgia EPD for approval.

The components of the CMOM program include:

  • Proactive System Maintenance - Preventive maintenance rather than reacting to problems
  • Capacity Assurance - Provide sufficient collection capacity for present needs and anticipated future growth
  • Capital Improvements - Systematically and logically correct deficiencies and prepare for future needs
  • Accurate System Maps - Efficient operation and maintenance and mathematical simulations
  • Public Education – To educate the public as to the role they can play in eliminating sanitary sewer overflows from the sewer system
  • Performance Audit - Reviews measures for progress evaluation and procedure modification to further enhance the program
  • Wastewater Collection System Modeling - Provide a means to evaluate the existing wastewater collection system performance under various conditions, enable staff to assess the impact on the system related to development and prioritize the system improvement program
  • Industrial Monitoring – Ensures that waste discharges from Industries are properly treated before entering the sewer system which can result in plant-upsets at the Water Reclamation Facilities
  • Commercial Pretreatment Program – To prevent excessive amounts of fats oil and grease from entering the sewer system from commercial establishments which can result in blockages leading to sanitary sewer overflows
  • Safety Training – To make workers conscious of the significance of executing their daily tasks in a safe manner
  • Pump Station Operation and Maintenance – ensure that pump stations are properly maintained to prevent failure which can lead to Sanitary Sewer Overflows endangering the environment and public health
  • Inventory System – to prevent long down times and periods of inefficient operation in the event of a breakdown or malfunction
  • Flow Monitoring – to provide information as to the reaction of the sewer system during storm events as well as Β to calibrate the hydraulic model
  • Technical Training – To ensure that a crew of well trained individuals are always on staff
  • Emergency Response Plan - To ensure a prompt and efficient response to all sanitary sewer overflows

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