Your MS4 Needs Stormwater Management Software for Inspections

Your MS4 Needs Stormwater Management Software for Inspections

There are several factors to consider when deciding whether or not you need to invest in City stormwater inspections software to regularly monitor and document construction site inspections and to manage . 

Here are 8 determining factors for Stormwater Compliance that will help you in making your decision:

  1. Does Your City Inspect a Large Number of Sites?  If you conduct a high number of SWPPP oversight inspections on a high number of permitted sites, then your city works like most others. You can likely save time, while improving your existing compliance levels by making the switch.  Just like with anything, a bigger job requires a better process that is more efficient over time. 
  2. Multiple Stormwater City Inspectors -or you would like to involve and leverage multiple city inspectors from yours or other departments.  If you or your city are involved with managing multiple regulatory storm water inspectors, then you will likely save time and money while increasing MS4 compliance and productivity (while reducing costs) by investing in city stormwater management software.  
  3. Stormwater Inspection Report Communication Including Deficiencies.  Having trouble letting multiple permittees know the results of your SWPPP inspections, what they need to do in order to keep the site stormwater compliant, or hearing back and following up on whether items were taken care of or not in the prescribed timeframe? And, are you having trouble providing a way for permittees to sign off corrective action items or provide signatures with these oversight construction inspections where needed? If so, then you will definitely save time and money while improving your current MS4 SWPPP compliance levels. Here is an example of what is possible.
  4. Specific SWPPP Inspection Form(s).  Do you work in a state or municipality (MS4) that requires an EXACT form for storm water inspections or inspection template?  If so, you may want to consider making the switch.  In the past, it was assumed that stormwater software inspection platforms couldn’t accommodate specific SWPPP forms including the exact output.  Today’s technology makes this possible. Here is a link to guidance for MS4s from the EPA.
  5. Stormwater Compliance Annual Report.  Are you responsible to make sure all the i’s are dotted and the t’s crossed in order to submit an annual report? Need to know of runoff or long term stormwater management  problems that exist before they turn into bigger problems? Want to keep a better eye on high priority sites?  Need to see trends with corrective action items, manage permit renewals, and review SWPPP Plans that are scattered here and there?  If so, then you desperately need city specific stormwater software to complete storm water inspections on construction and post construction sites.  
  6. Need to Pass or Respond to a State Audit of Your Minimum Control Measures?  Look no further than today’s technology to solve your sleepless nights. Implementing city stormwater inspections management software provides the proven foundational processes to succeed. 
  7. Paperless Solution for MS4 Stormwater Inspection Report(s). Want to go digital? You should. Thousands are making the switch right now and leaving behind the practice of not having a solid inspections platform or method while trying to hand deliver or email inspections that can’t be tracked. This may also include updating your city’s practice of requiring hard copy submittals from permittees :).
  8. DIY- Self Signup – Manage it yourself. Need to setup a site right now or to change a notification or the title of the site or an inspection? Or need others to receive varied notifications at different intervals? Need to let someone in and out of the software for security purposes or full control?  If you have to rely on anyone outside of your city, including your stormwater inspection software to do this for you-then you are treading water. Today’s technology provides better platforms that let you do as much or as little as you want. You need the flexibility to not only have ready access to support, but to do it yourself in order to respond to day to day situations that will certainly arise.