16.09.140   Requirements for reporting noncompliance, increased loading, slug discharges, accidental discharges.
   (a)   Reporting Noncompliance. Noncompliance with the provisions of this chapter that is known to the discharger shall be reported verbally as soon as possible but no later than twenty-four hours of the discharger's knowledge of the noncompliance. A written report to the superintendent shall be submitted within five days of knowledge of the noncompliance explaining the nature, volume and duration of the noncompliance, and the mitigation measures taken to correct the noncompliance and to prevent reoccurrence.
   Such notifications will not relieve any discharger of liability for any expense, including but not limited to, costs for countermeasures; loss or damage to the storm drain system, sanitary sewer system and/or treatment plant or treatment process; or liability to reimburse any fines imposed on the city on account thereof; or for damages incurred by any third party.
   If the noncompliance is related to any violation of the discharge standards specified in the pretreatment requirements, this chapter, or in a discharge permit the discharger shall repeat the sampling and analysis of the violated pollutant(s) and shall submit the results to the superintendent no later than thirty days from the discharger's knowledge of the noncompliance.
   (b)   Reporting Increased Loading. The reporting requirements of subsection (a) above shall also apply to any short term, large or unusual increase in flow or concentration of waste constituents regardless of whether noncompliance has resulted. Notices shall be posted in process areas (or other equally effective notification procedures used) giving instruction on reporting such increases.
   (c)   Reporting accidental or slug discharges and treatment system upsets, failures, or bypasses or discharge of hazardous wastes.
   The following requirements apply to all releases to the sanitary sewer system caused by spills; slug discharges; pretreatment system upsets, failures, or bypasses; or any other accidental discharges:
   (1)   The discharger shall immediately take action to stop, contain, and clean up unauthorized discharges or otherwise stop the noncompliance, and correct the problem.
   (2)   The discharger shall immediately verbally notify the superintendent upon becoming aware of such incidents.
   (3)   As soon as practicable and throughout the incident the discharger shall collect representative samples at the point of release and at any impacted sampling location(s).
   (4)   The discharger shall submit a written report to the superintendent within five days of the discharger's knowledge of the incident explaining: the nature, volume, and duration of the discharge; and mitigation measures taken to correct the noncompliance and prevent recurrence.
   (d)   The discharger shall notify the superintendent in advance of any significant change in the volume or characteristics of discharge from the facility or any significant operational, process, or pretreatment system changes.
   (e)   The discharger shall immediately notify the superintendent of changes that occur at the facility affecting the potential for a spill or slug discharge.
(Ord. 5084 § 2 (part), 2010)