Nov 20, 2012

Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association Provides Maintenance Agreement

Maintenance agreement includes templates for inspection checklists for storm water BMPs

Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association Maintenance Agreement BMPs

The Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association drafted a new Maintenance Agreement for use by state and local government agencies in setting an ordinance requiring the maintenance of all storm water best management practices (BMPs). Storm water BMPs are practices whether land-based, proprietary or natural that provide a level of treatment and/or storage to improve the water quality of the watershed. These practices in one form or another are installed on every project. Like a car, these practices require routine inspection and maintenance.

A sample Operation and Maintenance Agreement is contained in this document that includes templates for inspection checklists for each type of BMP, including water quality buffers. The inspection checklists can also serve as an inspection report for each facility. As noted above, inspection priorities and schedules for each BMP type must be submitted to the designated authority when required by the owner or municipality, as a component of the long-term maintenance plan for the site. These templates are general guidelines and may be modified by the design engineer or plan designer as needed for site-specific conditions

Members of the Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association are committed to advocating sustainable and effective solutions for storm water quality through educational outreach to regulators, design professionals, developers and other stakeholders in clean water initiatives.

Click here for a copy of the document.