Aug 16, 2013

SWEMA Provides Maintenance Ordinance Template

The template is to be used by government agencies to set an ordinance requiring the maintenance of all storm water BMPs

The Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Assn. drafted a Maintenance Ordinance template for use by state and local government agencies in setting an ordinance requiring the maintenance of all storm water Best Management Practices (BMPs). The ordinance addresses general requirements for storm water BMPs, access requirements, maintenance frequency and inspection. The ordinance template is a general guideline and may be modified to suit state, local or regional requirements.

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.

“SWEMA recognizes that as cities, counties and states develop storm water initiatives, they have few resources and assistance, stated Gene LaManna, SEWMA president. “Tight budgets, limited staff and unique regional issues add to the challenges.”

Greg Kent, chairman of SWEMA’s Maintenance Committee commented: “SWEMA can provide valuable experience, insight and hands-on help to regulators as they develop storm water standards and regulations. SWEMA will continue to develop tools to assist the industry in properly selecting, installing and maintaining storm water BMPs.”

A copy of this document can be found on the front page of the website under the “Spotlight” section.