Non-Chapter 15 Program (Waste Discharge Requirements for Land Disposal)
The Colorado River Basin Region (Regional Water Board) developed this web page to provide information on the State and Regional Water Board Non-Chapter 15 Program for waste discharge requirements to land. Also, provided are links to the Grant and Funding Programs and Wastewater Organizations.
The objective of this program is to protect the quality and beneficial uses of the Region’s waters. There are a total of 260 facilities in this Region regulated by this program. These include municipal wastewater treatment plants, industrial facilities, domestic and site sewage disposal systems, reclaimed water facilities and municipal sludge application sites.
If waste is being applied to land then the discharge may require Waste Discharge Requirements.
The discharge needs to be characterized in order to know if there are constituents that may exceed water quality goals. Part of this determination may include reviewing the MSDS sheet for the existing material being removed, evaluating what other waste may be generated or discharged due to this particular activity and then determining whether any constituents may exceed water quality goals for the beneficial uses of the ground water.
- Overview | SWRCB Info | RWQCB Info | RWQCB Board Orders | Grant and Funding Info | Wastewater Organizations
Technical Documents | Questions or Comments?
State regulations pertaining to the treatment, storage, processing, or disposal of solid waste are found in Title 27, CCR, Section 20005 et seq. (hereafter Title 27). In general, the Waste Discharge Requirements (WDRs) Program (sometimes also referred to as the “Non Chapter 15 (Non 15) Program”) regulates point discharges that are exempt pursuant to Subsection 20090 of Title 27 and not subject to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. Exemptions from Title 27 may be granted for nine categories of discharges (e.g., sewage, wastewater, etc.) that meet, and continue to meet, the preconditions listed for each specific exemption. The scope of the WDRs Program also includes the discharge of wastes classified as inert, pursuant to section 20230 of Title 27, and from confined animal feeding operations, which the State Water Board administratively determined to not be subject to Title 27 or Chapter 15 or federal NPDES regulations.
State Water Resource Control Board Information
- SWRCB Land Disposal Web Page
- Statewide General Board Order WQO 2003-0003 for General Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges to Land with Low Threat to Water Quality
- Summary of WQO 2003-0003
- Porter Cologne Water Quality Control Act
- California Integrated Water Quality System Project Public Reports
- A Compilation of Water Quality Goals
Regional Water Resource Control Board Information
- Guidance for On-site Wastewater Treatment Engineers Reports
- Guidelines Regarding Grouped or Community Sewerage Systems
- Guidelines for Sewage Disposal from Land Developers
- Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin Region
- Maps of the Colorado River Basin Region
RWQCB Board Orders
- RWQCB Adopted Board Orders
- General Board Order 93-600 for On-site Subsurface Wastewater Disposal System for Fuel Service Stations, Auto Garages, Vehicle Maintenance Yards, Machine Shops, Bus Washes and Car Washes
- Notice of Intent for Board Order 93-600
- General Board Order 97-500 for On-site Subsurface Wastewater Disposal Systems for Mobile Home and Recreational Vehicle Parks and Other Similar Facilities
- Notice of Intent for Board Order 97-500
Grant and Funding Programs
- State Board Financial Assistance Programs
- Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool
- State Revolving Fund Program
- Small Community Wastewater Program
- USDA Rural and Community Development
Wastewater and Other Organizations
- California Water Environment Association
- California Rural Water Association
- Water Environment Federation
- National Rural Water Association
- Southern California Alliance of Publicly Owned Treatment Works
- United States Environmental Protection Agency Wastewater Management
- San Bernardino County Environmental Health Services
- Riverside County Department of Environmental Health
- Imperial County Public Health Department
- Water, Soil and Hydro-Environmental Decision Support System, Septic Systems
- USEPA Technology Fact Sheets
Questions or Comments about the Non-Chapter 15 Program?
- Regional Water Board Contact Information
Please email Jose Cortez or phone (760) 776-8963
- State Water Board Contact Information
Please email Timothy O'Brien or phone (916) 341-6904