Interactive Guide: Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants

Step 8: Tool Kit

Is Your City's Wastewater Treatment Plant Dumping Excess Pollutants Into Your Waterways?

This interactive guide will teach you how to find out. Here you will learn how to examine municipal records for Clean Water Act violations committed by municipal wastewater treatment plants.

It is a violation of the Clean Water Act to exceed the limits in an NPDES permit. If these violations occur, and EPD fails to take action, you can do something about it.

But first you must find out whether or not there have been violations. We are going to lead you through some documents to show you how to gather and understand this valuable information.

There are four main steps:

Step One: What Are the Permit Limits?

First, you will learn how to determine what limits a city must abide by under the Clean Water Act.

Step Two: Have They Violated Those Limits?

The next step is to examine some sample DMRs (Discharge Monitoring Reports) and see if you can find violations.

Step Three: Can You Find the Violations?

View the interactive DMR and test your knowledge.

Step Four: What's Next?

If you think that there are violations, or you are not sure and have questions, the next step is to contact us.