Wastewater Treatment Facility Planning

Under Section 208 of the Clean Water Act MVRPC has the responsibility for reviewing and approving individual Wastewater Treatment Facility Plans and their associated Facility Planning Areas. On September 1, 2005 the MVRPC Board of Directors adopted two documents: the Areawide Wastewater Facility Planning Policies and the Guidelines for Facility Plan and Facility Planning Area Updates. These documents will guide the AFPSC and MVRPC staff's consideration of wastewater treatment plan updates. The Areawide Water Quality Management Plan is periodically amended to update the FPA's. MVRPC completed a full update of the AWQMP in 2011, which can be accessed here.

A publicly owned waste water treatment plant

Facility Plans were originally developed by owners of Publicly Owned Treatment Works (wastewater treatment plants) in the late 1970s and early 1980s under the 201 Construction Grants Program. A Facility Planning Area (FPA) was delineated for each wastewater treatment plant that included the plant’s current and projected service area, as well as additional areas in which wastewater would have to be handled by other accepted means, i.e. on-site septic systems and package plants. Although the original FPAs were largely based on existing drainage boundaries, other features such as property lines, roads, and corporation boundaries were also used to establish FPA boundaries. Ohio EPA uses the FPA boundaries as primary criteria on which to base its decisions on whether or not to grant Permits to Install (PTI) for additional plant capacity or sewage collection infrastructure.

Each wastewater Facility Plan prescribed how wastewater would be managed in each Facility Planning Area and identified the Designated Management Agencies (DMAs) with those responsibilities. DMAs typically included the primary wastewater treatment plant owner, Health Districts for the management of on-site septic systems, and sometimes Counties that operated package plants. Facility Plans also described the type of wastewater treatment provided (primary, secondary, tertiary) and how the plant’s capacity was designed to meet the current and projected needs. Plans were usually based on 20 year population projections.

Areawide Water Quality
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Recognizing the need to begin to update old Facility Plans to reflect current conditions and incorporate new population projections, MVRPC has been working to develop a new process to review and approve Plan Updates, as well as changes in FPA boundaries. To accomplish this task the Areawide Facility Planning Subcommittee (AFPSC) was formed in Spring 2005. The current policies and guidelines have been adopted by MVRPC Board. The AFPSC will continue to meet to review wastewater treatment plan updates as needed.