Waste Water Management

The sanitary sewer system collects residual, commercial and industrial wastewater (sewage) from inside buildings (e.g. toilets, sinks and washing machines) and channels is to a treatment plant where it is filtered and cleaned before being discharged into waterways.

Sewer outflow from the Sacramento State University campus is discharged into the municipal sewer system managed by the City of Sacramento and the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District. The potential exists for sewage to impact the campus and surrounding environment in the event of a sewer backup/overflow. This could result in impacts to both the river through contaminated storm water or seepage into the land resulting in contaminated ground water. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety has worked with campus entities to develop a Sewage Response Procedure (EHS-2000-01) that ensures proper clean-up and protections for both people and the environment. A link to that procedure is listed below under Additional Resources: Wastewater Management.

The State Water Resources Control Board adopted Order Number 2006-0003-DWQ in May 2006 that established Statewide General Waste Discharge Requirements (GWDR) for Sanitary Sewer Systems. Part of the requirements are to have all publicly owned or operated facilities develop a Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP). This would establish a mechanism for reducing Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) and their impact to water quality and the environment.

Sacramento State is now enrolled for coverage under the program and will be developing a campus SSMP over the next few years. A link to the campus water pollution prevention brochure and to the State Water Board webpage on Sanitary Sewer Overflow Program are listed above.