Construction developers need to keep many facets in mind when they start on any new project development. A regulated construction site can help you develop your project without any chances of hassles emerging at advanced stages. You will also need to be environment conscious because with every new project there is an added responsibility of maintaining the integrity of your surroundings. Developing an SWPPP is quite possibly one of the most important aspects of an environment friendly construction site. However, the consequences of not having an SWPPP might not be just limited to the environment.

With the current strict SWPPP regulations laid down by the EPA, not having a storm water pollution prevention plan can mean unnecessary hassles and even lead to added expenses while you deal with the issue. If you are still on the fence about whether your construction site needs an SWPPP, here are a few details to help you take an informed and firm decision on the matter.

What is an SWPPP and Why Do you need one

SWPPP stands for storm water pollution prevention plan. It is a specific document for every construction site, which has identified potential problem areas or sources of significant water pollution due to the runoff of storm water from the site. The document itself has list of best management practices that the construction site has undertaken to reduce the level of contaminants running off from their site.

You need to develop an SWPPP if your construction site is built on over 1 acre of land or near a significant water body, which stands the risk of being seriously polluted due to the storm water runoff from your construction site. You need this document registered because of the EPA SWPPP Guidance that states certain clear regulations for such an occurrence. While you do not have to submit regular reports for an SWPPP, if your site is inspected by the EPA NPDES at any given point, you will need to make these files available to them.

Consequences of not having an SWPPP
  • If any issues occur on your site where the result is sediments from the site is hindering a nearby water body (Stream, river or lake), you will have to bear all the expenses of getting it cleaned. These expenses can run up to quite a high range.
  • The US EPA also imposes extremely strict fines for such cases on those construction companies and developers who are found not in compliance with the storm water erosion control or the regulations for sediment control, which has been laid down by the government.
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