ES&H Manual



8020 Water Quality Program



1.0            Purpose


Local and regional water resources are protected through a variety of operational controls in compliance with local, state and federal regulations.


·         Storm water, deposited on-site or traveling from off-site locations, is managed through several programs that control the quantity and protect the quality of the water.

·         Land disturbing activities, such as construction, receive special attention to prevent erosion and sediment from affecting the lab’s downstream neighbors.

·         Wastewater from the lab’s cooling towers, production chemistry, sinks, and floor drains enters the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) system for treatment; the quantity and quality of the wastewater must be controlled.

·         Wastewater from several other lab processes is discharged to surface ditches and travels off-site.

·         Jefferson Lab stores and handles large volumes of petroleum products, which pose a threat to water resources if released.


The purpose of this chapter is to outline the policies and procedures that govern the management of these various, related elements.


2.0            Scope


This water quality program applies site-wide to all activities involving, or potentially affecting, both groundwater and surface water.   


3.0            Responsibilities

NOTE:           Management authority may be delegated to a task qualified Jefferson Lab employee at the discretion of the responsible manager.

3.1              Everyone at Jefferson Lab

·         Plans their activities to minimize negative impacts, including spills and unauthorized discharges, to storm water ditches, sinks, and floor drains.

·         Provides recommendations or concerns regarding water quality protection to ESH&Q (ext. 7308).

·         Notifies Facilities Management & Logistics if water usage or system maintenance could impact:

o   Stormwater conveyances

o   Sanitary sewer systems, including flow meters

o   Groundwater monitoring wells

·         Reports water-related emergencies to Security (ext. 5822).

·         Contacts ESH&Q if any unusual conditions are observed.

3.2              Facilities Management & Logistics

·         Maintains and manages all water conveyance and monitoring systems.

·         Provides data and information for reporting as specified in ES&H Manual Chapter 8040 Environmental Monitoring Program.

·         Notifies ESH&Q prior to changing any chemical usage in site cooling towers.

·         Maintains all oil/water separators.


3.3              Superconducting Radio Frequency (SRF) Department

Responsible for implementing the actions that apply to acid neutralization processes:

·         Ensures compliance with pH limits and related permit terms.

·         Maintains and manages acid neutralization systems.

·         Completes system related sampling and analysis activities using documented procedures and practices.


3.4              ESH&Q  

·         Reviews proposals for new/modified discharges to any waste water system and obtains permits/manages regulatory approval process if necessary.

·         Satisfies water quality reporting requirements as summarized in ES&H Manual Chapter 8040 Environmental Management Program.


4.0            Expectations

Execute the program by implementing the actions required in these relevant technical appendices:

·         ES&H Manual Chapter 8020 Appendix T1 Stormwater Management

·         ES&H Manual Chapter 8020 Appendix T2 Discharges to Hampton Roads Sanitation District System

·         ES&H Manual Chapter 8020 Appendix T3 Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures


5.0            References



6.0            Revision Summary


Revision 1.0 – 10/27/17 – Initial Content












ESH&Q Division

Scott Conley





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