If you are in charge of a facility, it is absolutely important that you get great results from your stormwater samples. The results that you get from the stormwater samples can dictate a lot of what could happen to you in the near future. If for example you fail to pass the stormwater requirements that are tested through the stormwater samples, you could have your facility shut down or you may have to pay heavy fines for non-compliance to SWPPP standards set forth by your local authority or governing body. If you want to avoid all this trouble, then it is essential that you have great stormwater samples that reflect a well maintained facility with an active stormwater management plan.
For those of you who may be thinking that I am advocating for cheating, let me dissuade you from this notion completely and make it clear that doing this will not only make things worse, but it is an exercise in futility because you will be expending energy doing something that could better be managed by doing the right things in the first place. With this in mind, below are some of the right things that you could do if you want to make sure that you collect proper samples after putting in the effort to do proper SWPPP.
If you want to collect proper stormwater samples, one of the most fundamental things that you need to do is to make sure that you know how to collect the samples that are required. This of course involves having a good stormwater management plan in place that will ensure that you are doing all the right things to ensure that the samples that you collect are gathered in the right way. Additionally, understanding the fundamentals of SWPPP is essential so that you can understand how, where and when to collect the samples for stormwater monitoring.
If you understand everything about SWPPP but you do not understand the facility that you are in charge of, then you will find that it will be difficult to do your job effectively. Therefore, knowing your facility like the back of your hand so that you can know where to collect samples, and which areas a trouble areas in your facility will be very useful to you as well.
If you want to collect good samples, then it is important that you also regularly monitor stormwater discharge locations. Whether it is the municipal separate storm sewer system or any of the other areas that you should be monitoring, doing it regularly so that you can gauge any fluctuations is important for you to do. This will not only allow you to address the underlying issues long before they can become bigger problems but it will allow you to produce higher quality stormwater samples because you will have enough time to address the underlying issues.