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Harris County Pollution Control Services Department Enforcement of Bacteria Requirements in Wastewater.

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1 Harris County Pollution Control Services Department Enforcement of Bacteria Requirements in Wastewater.

2 PCS Wastewater Sampling Program Each wastewater treatment facility is sampled several times a year based on the Pollution Control Services (PCS) compliance history of the permittee. Each wastewater treatment facility is sampled several times a year based on the Pollution Control Services (PCS) compliance history of the permittee. All our of sampling events are unannounced. All our of sampling events are unannounced. The results of the sampling events are compared to the TCEQ permit parameters and violation notices are issued when sample results exceed permit parameters. The results of the sampling events are compared to the TCEQ permit parameters and violation notices are issued when sample results exceed permit parameters. A written reply to every violation notice is requested. A written reply to every violation notice is requested.

3 PCS Wastewater Sampling Program Enforcement An enforcement review is conducted on each violation notice taking into account any reply received. An enforcement review is conducted on each violation notice taking into account any reply received. Enforcement is considered, in general, where the violation is: Enforcement is considered, in general, where the violation is: 1) Severe (offsite impact(s) documented);and/or results 20% out of compliance with the applicable TCEQ permitted effluent limit; 1) Severe (offsite impact(s) documented);and/or results 20% out of compliance with the applicable TCEQ permitted effluent limit; 2) Repeat offenders where there are 20% or greater samples out of compliance in a 12 month period. 2) Repeat offenders where there are 20% or greater samples out of compliance in a 12 month period.

4 PCS Bacteria Violation Enforcement For violations of TCEQ bacteria permit parameters only, at wastewater treatment facilities: For violations of TCEQ bacteria permit parameters only, at wastewater treatment facilities: –The first violation notice will include information regarding bacteria reduction strategies. –The second violation notice will request an Action Plan and a timeline to address bacteria reduction and will trigger an enforcement meeting with permittee, their operator and/or Professional Engineer (P.E.) at PCS. –The third violation will request an Alternative Action Plan with timeline presented to PCS by a P.E. retained by permittee. –If violations continue options are cease discharging, regionalization, or additional equipment and/or systems such as a bacteria monitoring program, a SCADA system and/or grease trap program. –If options are not met as agreed to or if violations continue the violations may be forwarded to the County Attorney or District Attorney for an enforcement action.

5 Contact Information Contact Information Main phone number is Main phone number is Fax: Fax: Compliance Manager, Jennifer Wheeler Compliance Manager, Jennifer Wheeler Compliance Coordinator- Water, Denise Hall Compliance Coordinator- Water, Denise Hall Our new address: Our new address: Harris County Pollution Control Services Dept. Harris County Pollution Control Services Dept. 101 South Richey, Suite H 101 South Richey, Suite H Pasadena, Texas Pasadena, Texas 77506


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