California Integrated Water Quality System Project (CIWQS)

The California Integrated Water Quality System (CIWQS) is a computer system used by the State and Regional Water Quality Control Boards to track information about places of environmental interest, manage permits and other orders, track inspections, and manage violations and enforcement activities. CIWQS also allows online submittal of information by Permittees within certain programs and makes data available to the public through reports.

Currently, individual National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit holders and enrollees under the statewide general sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) order may be able to submit information to CIWQS. In order to submit information to the Water Boards via CIWQS, users must register for an account. More information about registration and each of these programs can be found by following the links below or to the left.

Enrollees under the statewide general industrial stormwater permit can submit annual reports to the Stormwater Multi-Application, Reporting, and Tracking System (SMARTS). This system replaced the Storm Water Annual Reporting Module (SWARM). Get more information on SMARTS or login to SMARTS.

The Water Boards have developed a number of reports that display the regulatory data that CIWQS contains. These reports can be accessed through the Reports page of this Website.

Use the links below or to the left to access additional information regarding CIWQS.

  • CIWQS Fact Sheet [ March 2016 ]
  • CIWQS Login
  • CIWQS External User Groups
  • Quality Assurance Plan
  • Electronic Water Rights Information Management System (eWRIMS)
    eWRIMS is a computer database developed by the State Water Resources Control Board to track information on water rights in California. eWRIMS contains information on water right permits and licenses that have been issued by the State Water Resources Control Board and its predecessors. eWRIMS was deployed on October 1, 2007 and replaces the State Water Board's previous water right computer system, WRIMS. Effective October 1, 2007, the State Water Board will no longer update the information in WRIMS and WRIMS will no longer be available for public use.
  • Electronic Self Monitoring Report Submittal Information for the following programs
    • NPDES - National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
    • SSO - Sanitary Sewer Overflow
    • SMARTS - Stormwater Multi-Application, Reporting, and Tracking System, which now house the annual reporting functions previously performed within the Storm Water Annual Reporting Module
  • CIWQS Public Reports

CIWQS Panel Review

In May 2007, an expert external review panel evaluated CIWQS and its implementation. The Preliminary Report of the CIWQS Review Panel included findings with recommendations and benchmarks that were to be completed before a follow-up review was performed.

In February 2008 the Panel was reconvened to evaluate the progress that had be made and the direction taken. Water Board staff made presentations regarding work that was completed between the reviews and plans to move forward. The Panel responded with an initial presentation and then a written report. The Review agenda, the presentations (both those given by Water Board and the response by the panel), and the written report can be viewed using the links below:

At the September 23, 2009 CIWQS Steering Committee meeting, Val Connor provided an update regarding the status towards meeting the Panel's recommendations.

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