What is NPDES Permit Compliance?
The U.S. Clean Water Act (CWA) prohibits anybody from discharging pollutants from a point source into the waters of the United States unless they have an EPA-issued National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. NPDES permits are specific to the facility to which they are issued, and contain limits on what the permit holder’s facility is allowed to discharge, applicable monitoring and reporting requirements, and other provisions to ensure that discharges do not impair water quality or public health.
Why Should I Care about NPDES Permit Compliance?
If your facility releases any type of waste into the waters of the United States, you must obtain and comply with the provisions of an NPDES permit. Some examples of waste discharges to water that require a NPDES permit include:
- Dredged soil, solid & chemical wastes
- Incinerator residue, garbage, sewage & sewage sludge
- Munitions, Biological & radioactive materials
- Wrecked or discarded equipment
- Rock & sand
- Industrial, municipal, & agricultural waste
Failure to obtain a NPDES permit when required, or violation of the conditions of your permit can result in astronomical fines and compulsory compliance actions that average in the hundreds of thousands, and often millions of dollars.
How VelocityEHS Can Help
The VelocityEHS Water Quality solution gives you the water/wastewater monitoring and reporting capabilities you need to ensure compliance with NPDES permits and a wide variety of other water quality regulations. It’s a centralized, cloud-based system for recording and analyzing sample data from every point of discharge, at every facility across your entire enterprise — performing complex loading calculations in real-time to give you the most accurate, up-to-date monitoring capabilities available.
NPDES compliance is part of our Water Quality Solution. To see the full set of features, click here.
|OSIsoft© PI Interface automates data transfer from your remote monitoring and control equipment
|Generate custom PDF data collection forms
|Upload discharge monitoring data to your database in real-time
|Mobile access to quickly and easily record discharge data using your tablet or smartphone
|Quickly generate and export DMRs for direct submission to EPA’s NetDMR and NeT interfaces|