Plans & Reports

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Sewer and Wastewater Management Plans

Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP)
On May 2, 2006, the State Water Resources Control Board issued Water Quality Order 2006-0003, adopting Statewide General Waste Discharge Requirements (WDRs) for Sanitary Sewer Systems. Its main purpose was to establish system-wide operation, maintenance and management plans to reduce sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs), which are spills of untreated or partially treated wastewater resulting in public exposure and a health hazard.

Under the WDR, the City is required to develop and maintain a Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP) that provides a mechanism to properly manage, operate, and maintain all parts of the sanitary sewer system with the ultimate goal to reduce and prevent SSO occurrences.

The City’s first SSMP was approved by the City Council on April 7, 2009.  A first revision of the SSMP was approved in 2014, and a second revision was approved in 2019.

2019 SSMP Update
2019 SSMP Council Approval

Collection System Master Plan (CSMP)
The City’s Wastewater Collection System Master Plan is used as a comprehensive planning tool to assist in determining areas of priorities for rehabilitation and/or expansion that will provide sufficient sewer capacity to accommodate future and existing users.

The City’s first CSMP was completed in 2006.  An update was completed in 2015.

2015 CSMP Update

Biosolids Master Plan

The Fresno-Clovis Regional Wastewater Reclamation Facility (RWRF) produces over 250 wet tons of Class B biosolids each day resulting from its existing solids treatment processes. For decades, the City of Fresno has relied on mesophilic anaerobic digestion to produce Class B biosolids that a third-party hauls away for further processing and beneficial use. The City sought to complete a forward-looking biosolids master plan (BMP) to assess whether, and how, the current biosolids management operations should be modified or changed in support of the City’s desire to diversify its biosolids management, promote biosolids beneficial use, address risk mitigation, and reduce operating costs.

2019 Biosolids Master Plan

Water Resource Management Plans

Fresno Metropolitan Plan (Metro Plan)

Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP)

The Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) is a requirement of the Urban Water Management Planning Act (UWMPA) (Division 6, Part 2.6 of the California Water Code (CWC) §10610-10656). The UWMPs must be filed every five years and submitted to the Department of Water Resources (DWR).

The UWMPA applies to urban water suppliers with 3,000 or more connections being served or supplying more than 3,000 acre-feet (af) of water annually. UWMPs are required of the state’s urban water suppliers in an effort to assist their resource planning and to ensure adequate water supplies are available for future use.

2015 Urban Water Management Plan

Recycled Water Master Plan

In 2009, the State of California adopted a Recycled Water Policy establishing a mandate to increase the use of recycled water by 200,000 acre-feet per year by 2020 and by an additional 300,000 acre-feet per year by 2030.  In support of these goals, the City prepared a Recycled Water Master Plan that identifies potential recycled water use opportunities within the City and its Sphere of Influence (SOI).  The expansion of the recycled water system enables the City to offset potable water use, enhance the sustainability of the water supply, and lessen the burden on the wastewater treatment plant percolation ponds that are currently used for effluent discharge.

Concurrent to the adoption of the Recycled Water Master Plan, the City adopted a Recycled Water Ordinance to require use by existing and future potential recycled water users, including residential, commercial, and industrial customers.  The ordinance regulated the use and distribution of recycled water to ensure that it is used in a manner that complies with any and all applicable Federal, State, and local standards.

Recycled Water Master Plan
Recycled Water Ordinance
2015 Recycled Water Engineering Report
Rules and Regulations of Recycled Water Use

Reports & Studies

Fresno Water Capacity Fee Study

2017 Water Capacity Fee Study