Sewer System Management Plan

On May 2, 2006, the California State Water Resources Control Board adopted Waste Discharge Order (WDR) No. 2006-0003-DWQ, Statewide General Waste Discharge Requirements for Sanitary Sewer Systems. The WDR requires that all public wastewater collection system agencies in California with more than one mile of sewer pipe be regulated and mandates that the agencies/cities prepare a Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP) following the guidelines set forth in the WDR.

In April 2009, the City of Huntington Beach City Council approved the first version of the SSMP. The City Council will consider the Updated SSMP at the March 15, 2022 Regular Meeting.

The SSMP prepared by the Public Works Department in 2009 outlines and documents the activities that we utilize to manage our wastewater collection system effectively. Effective management of a collection system includes:

  • To employ best practices to properly manage, operate, and maintain all parts of the wastewater collection system
  • Minimizing the number and impact of sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs)
  • Providing adequate sewer capacity to convey peak flows, and
  • Maintaining and improving the condition of the collection system infrastructure to provide reliable service into the future.
The overall goal of the SSMP is to protect water quality, eliminate or substantially reduce preventable SSOs, and to protect public health and the environment.

The City of Huntington Beach’s SSMP and supporting documents can be viewed through the links below:

REPORTING SEWER OVERFLOWSCall (714) 536-5921 or (714) 960-8861 Monday - Friday (7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

After hours dial (714) 960 - 8825


Submit an Online SERVICE REQUEST to report Non-Emergency Sewer Issues
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  • (SSMP) 2022
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    Sewer System Management Plan
  • SWRCB Order No. 2006-DWQ
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    Appendix A
  • Municipal Codes
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    Appendix B
  • Enhanced Cleaning Locations v2
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    Appendix C
  • Sewer Lateral Program
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    Appendix D
  • Certifications
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    Appendix E
  • Sewer Master Plan (2003)
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    Appendix F
  • Sewer Capacity Analysis (2009)
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    Appendix G
  • Sewer Lift Station Priority List
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    Appendix H
  • Overflow Response Plan
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    Appendix I
  • FOG Impact Study
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    Appendix J
  • FOG Training Manual
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    Appendix K