WSACC is committed to the implementation of an environmental, health and safety management system (EHS) which will enable WSACC to operate the treatment and collection facilities in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible while minimizing impacts on the environment, and strive to provide a safe and secure work place for its employees. In order to achieve these goals, WSACC’s EHS will comply with the ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 4500:2018 requirements, which provide guidelines on the elements of an EHS and its implementation.
WSACC’s EHS includes:
- Identifying and prioritizing environmental impacts
- Identifying hazards and risks and determining controls
- Setting objectives and targets
- Defining roles and responsibilities
- Establishing operational controls
- Monitoring and measuring program
- Reviewing progress and planning improvements
WSACC’s EHS encompasses our wastewater, water, collections, and administrative departments. Wastewater will consist of wastewater treatment plants, Rocky River Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, and Muddy Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, including pretreatment, laboratory, and maintenance. Water consists of Coddle Creek Reservoir/Lake Howell and Lake Concord Reservoir. Collections will include the sewer collection lines, interceptors, and lift stations. Administration will include the administration, finance, and engineering departments.
WSACC partnered with the Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI), sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance, in developing the environmental program. Currently, WSACC is an Environmental Partner in the ESI Program.
Ultimately, the EHS program will provide WSACC with a detailed management strategy for reducing its environmental impacts beyond regulatory requirements, while producing a better environment, conserving natural resources, and resulting in long-term economic benefits, as well as limiting health and safety risks.