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Top 5 things stormwater inspectors are looking for when visiting your job site

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) are a critical piece of the construction process that protects the environment around an active job site from stormwater runoff. After completing a SWPPP, the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requires regular inspections to be conducted to make sure guidelines and regulations are being followed. If a construction site is in violation of regulations, the site operator is at risk for being shut down or fined by the TCEQ.

Qualified stormwater inspectors are trained to look for specific elements when visiting an active construction site. Take a look at the top five things they’re looking for when visiting yours.

1. SWPPP documents are up to date

The SWPPP for your construction site is a living document that your inspector will check. Inspectors are looking to make sure all documents in your SWPPP are up to date including the Best Management Practices (BMP) map, street sweeping log, BMP log and inspection reports.

2. BMPs are used correctly & in working order

Not only is your inspector making sure your BMP map is updated, but they’re also looking to see if the BMPs on your construction site are being used correctly and are in working order. BMPs only protect the environment around your construction site when used properly and maintained.

3. Construction site & street cleanliness

When visiting a construction site, inspectors are looking to see how clean the area is. Is there debris collecting from construction activities? Is the street being swept regularly? Primary operators are responsible for the cleanliness of the construction and surrounding streets.

4. Portable facilities are in the proper place

Portable facilities like Port-O-Potties and Porta Johns are required to be at least five feet from the street curb, should be standing upright and never be placed on concrete or an inlet.

5. Concrete washout is being maintained (If applicable)

Typically, concrete is washed out of cement trucks at the batch plant at the end of the day, but some large or rural construction projects do this on site. Your inspector is looking to make sure the concrete washout is being collected and maintained properly. Without proper care and maintenance, this caustic material could leak to the soil surface and eventually migrate to surface waters or ground water.

To avoid being fined or even shut down, make sure your job site is following the guidelines and regulations outlined by the TCEQ. Have a question about whether your construction site is following TCEQ regulations? Contact your Cardinal inspector today.

 

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