What is a Capacity Management Program?
The concept of capacity management was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in an effort to reduce sewer system overflows. The Capacity, Management, Operation & Maintenance Program or C.M.O.M., was established to help sewer system’s develop standard management, operations and maintenance activities that aid in preventing, finding and correcting system problems contributing to sewer overflows.
In February 2006, the City of Brentwood and several other municipalities/utilities in middle Tennessee were invited by EPA, Region IV to conduct a self audit of their respective sewer collection systems.
Brentwood’s CMOM program included developing and implementing the following key elements:
- Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) control program;
- SOP’s for responding to overflows;
- Review and update Sewer Use Ordinance;
- Contingency planning;
- Pump station inspection, operation and maintenance activities;
- Gravity line and air release valve maintenance.
Formalizing and implementing these programs has aided the Department in improving productivity, accountability and overall management of Brentwood’s sewer system.