What is a CMOM?

CMOM is an acronym for Capacity, Management, Operation, and Maintenance. A CMOM program is a management tool that sanitary sewer system owners can use to operate and manage their collection system.

The Wisconsin DNR (through Wisconsin Administrative Code NR 210.23) requires that all owners of sanitary sewer collection systems develop and implement a CMOM Program by August 1, 2016.

For more information, visit the WDNR CMOM website

A CMOM will do the following for your community:

  • Identify and track sanitary sewer overflows and plan how to avoid them.
  • Identify ground water infiltration into your system and develop a plan to reduce it.
  • Identify and track basement backups and plan how to avoid them.
  • Identify problem areas in your sanitary sewers and prepare a plan to remedy them. Such problem areas may include:
    • Flat sewers
    • Tree root problems
    • Broken or cracked sewer pipes
    • Manholes that are in poor condition
    • High maintenance lift stations
  • Review your Sewer Use Ordinance
  • Review or develop an Emergency Response Plan
  • Prepare a schedule for cleaning, televising, and monitoring your system.
  • Ensure your system has capacity for the future growth of your community.
  • Ensure that you have standards in place for design and maintenance of your system.
  • Review your public outreach approach.
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