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When it comes to properly handling runoff from storms, preventative action is a critical best practice. Knowing how your stormwater system is performing is a must, and inspections with needed maintenance are the smartest way to avoid costly disasters.
iSTORMWATER can inspect your system and provide the documentation needed to obtain permits and certification in Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland. Call us at (443) 699-2828 or contact us online to get started.
Types of Stormwater Inspection
For routine inspections carried out monthly, weekly, or even daily to make sure the system is working in accordance with your Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, facilities typically follow a checklist that contains:
- Date and time of inspection
- Information on who is performing the inspection
- Controls that require replacement or repair
- Compliance and noncompliance documentation
- Weather conditions at the time of inspection
In addition to routine inspections, facilities need quarterly inspections performed to ensure stormwater mitigation meets the standards set in the permit. Quarterly inspections include visual checks on outflow areas and obtaining stormwater samples from multiple points for analysis.
At least once a year, facilities need a comprehensive inspection of the premises from a certified inspector. These inspections require:
- Observing storm drains and any other area the permit covers
- Documenting all materials that may have been touched by stormwater
- Summarizing data from routine inspections
- Noting spills or leaks
- Documenting control measures
The inspector will note any repairs or maintenance required to keep the permit valid.
State Requirements for Stormwater Maintenance
Stormwater permits are required under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, to limit the discharge of pollutants from industrial and municipal sources. State environmental departments are responsible for setting permit requirements on an individual basis.
- In VA, permits are issued through the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.
- In Washington, DC, all permits are issued directly by the Environmental Protection Agency.
- In MD, permits are issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment Wastewater Permits Program.
Keeping up with which permits require what criteria can be a huge headache, so working with a stormwater management specialist is key to maintaining compliance.
Stormwater Maintenance FAQ
How do I get a stormwater permit?
The process differs depending on your state, but you will need to begin by preparing a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan in accordance with state law.
Can I perform a stormwater inspection myself?
You can perform routine inspections for record-keeping, but quarterly and annual inspections and maintenance must be performed by a professional with the appropriate license.
How long is a stormwater permit valid?
As long as requirements are met, NPDES permits are valid up to five years, although you must submit a renewal application 180 days or more ahead of the permit expiration date.
Simplify Your Stormwater Maintenance
Maintenance and inspection requirements for stormwater management systems are complex, but iSTORMWATER can ensure your facility stays compliant. Our certified inspectors will find and explain any points of noncompliance and recommend the work needed to keep your permit and provide all the documentation you will need to submit for renewal.
Call us at (443) 699-2828 or contact us online to schedule your stormwater inspection and maintenance.
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