Land Disposal Program
Waste Discharge Requirements
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.
- New! State Water Resources Control Board Resolution No. 2014-0054
- New! General Waste Discharge Requirement for Small Domestic Water Treatment Systems
- New! Initial Study / Negative Declaration for Small Domestic Wastewater Treatment Systems
- New! Notice of Determination
- Below are some of the core regulatory elements, plus other statewide Water Board programs administered under the "WDRs Program"
- Agriculture - Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program
- Recycled Water Use
- Recycled Water Policy
- Statewide General Permit for Landscape Irrigation Uses of Recycled Water
- General Waste Discharge Requirements for Recycled Water Use. (Order WQ 2014-0090-DWQ) has been rescinded as of August 6, 2016. The State Water Board adopted Water Recycling Requirements for Recycled Water Use to replace the existing General WDR for Recycled Water Use.
- Sanitary Sewer Overflows
- What to do?
If your activities, discharges, or proposed activities or discharges from your property or business could affect California's surface, coastal, or ground waters, in most cases you will need to apply for a permit from the appropriate Regional Water Quality Control Board.
- California Water Code: Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act
- California Code of Regulations
- Discharges of Wastes to Land
- Designated Waste Regulations (defined in CWC Section 13173)
- California Health Laws Related to Recycled Water (The Purple Book)
- Historical Documents
General Waste Discharge Requirements for Small Domestic Wastewater Treatment Systems