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1 Introduction to the Wastewater Program’s Electronic Submission of Discharge Monitoring Report (eDMR) Enhancements Wastewater Compliance Evaluation Section Florida Department of Environmental Protection

2 The DMR The DMR The Electronic eDMR The Electronic eDMR eDMR Enhancements eDMR Enhancements The Rollout Schedule The Rollout Schedule How to Get Started How to Get Started Demonstration Demonstration Q & A Q & A

3 Discharge Monitoring Report for Self-Monitoring All DEP permitted wastewater facilities regardless of disposal method All surface water discharges (NPDES)

4 Basic Structure and Components

5 Common Mistakes Made During the Development of the DMR Using incorrect parameter code Wrongly placing a minimum parameter in the 5 th column Repeating monitoring location code for the same parameter C1 C2 Unit C3 C4 C5

6 DMR Results Data Entry Process Paper Copies Received and Logged Paper Copies Received and Logged Approximately 2000 DMRs/month with a few to several hundred parameters Data Entry (WAFR-DMR & PCS) Data Entry (WAFR-DMR & PCS)  Tallahassee All surface water dischargers Groundwater monitoring as prearranged with Districts Pretreatment and reuse Entering results data is resource intensive and prone to errors  Districts Groundwater dischargers

7 Common Mistakes Made on submitted DMRs Placing data in wrong column Leaving fields blank Misplaced decimal

8 Secure web and XML-based system allowing facilities to transmit DMRs to DEP eDMR (Early 2003) How Does eDMR work? How Does eDMR work? The Original eDMR Enhancements The Original eDMR Enhancements What are the Benefits of Electronic Self- Monitoring Submittals? What are the Benefits of Electronic Self- Monitoring Submittals?

9 How Does eDMR Work? WAFRFacilityeDMR WAFR- DMR PCS 1. Facility REQUIREMENTS 2. Submit DMR RESULTS via web 3. Data is uploaded through automatic routines to WAFR-DMR 4. NPDES DMRs

10 The Original eDMR Faster, more efficient and less burdensome alternative to hand-written paper based reports No wrong columns On the fly QA/QC Electronic signature, certifications and receipt acknowledgement

11 Why is DEP Promoting Electronic Self- Monitoring Submittals? Ongoing efforts by DEP to improve business processes Encourage the regulated community to provide paper-less alternatives for reporting Savings to the State and the regulated community Improves program’s overall effectiveness Enhancements and upgrades to existing eDMR

12 The enhanced version of eDMR is a system which is more secure and user friendly than the original version. Enhanced Format & Layout Enhanced Format & Layout Copy-n-Paste Function Copy-n-Paste Function Flags Exceedances & Errors Flags Exceedances & Errors Attaching Critical Files Attaching Critical Files Legal, Security, and Electronic Signature Functionalities Legal, Security, and Electronic Signature Functionalities Data Analysis, Reporting and Extraction Procedures Data Analysis, Reporting and Extraction Procedures How does eDMR Work? How does eDMR Work? Why a Facility Should Submit DMRs Electronically Why a Facility Should Submit DMRs Electronically WAFR Parameter and Limit Requirements WAFR Parameter and Limit Requirements

13 Enhanced Format & Layout Helps Reduce Errors

14 Copy-n-Paste Function from Excel Spreadsheet

15 Flags Exceedances & Errors = Exceedance = Blank cell or character not allowed

16 Attaching Critical Files Additional information can be attached to the submittal Additional information can be attached to the submittal

17 Legal, Security, and Electronic Signature Functionalities

18 Data Analysis, Reporting and Extraction Procedures

19 How does eDMR Work? Serves as an electronic file cabinet to manage reporting requirements Complete chain-of-custody records maintained Up-to-date reporting requirements available Allows for submitting original or revised reports Allows for reviewing previously submitted reports Reports received are uploaded automatically to WAFR for use by DEP staff and delegated programs.

20 Why a Facility Should Submit DMRs Electronically Online availability of up-to-date reporting requirements Online availability of tracking status of submitted reporting Improves the accuracy of compliance data Improves security Reduces the facility’s compliance costs

21 For additional information, please contact us: Florida Department of Environmental Protection Wastewater Compliance Evaluation Section 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3550 (850)


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