13.12.910 – Right of entry - Inspection and sampling

The Director of Public Works or his/her authorized designee shall have the right to enter the premises of any User to determine whether the User is complying with all requirements of this chapter and any wastewater discharge permit or order issued hereunder.  Users shall allow the Director of Public Works or designee ready access to all parts of the premises for the purposes of inspection, sampling, records examination and copying, and the performance of any additional duties.

  1. Where a User has security measures in force which require proper identification and clearance before entry into its premises, the User shall make necessary arrangements with its security guards so that, upon presentation of suitable identification, the Director of Public Works or designee will be permitted to enter without delay for the purposes of performing specific responsibilities.
  2. The Director of Public Works or his/her authorized designee shall have the right to set up on the User's property, or require installation of, such devices as are necessary to conduct sampling and/or metering of the User's operations.
  3. The industrial User may request that the representative of the City state the purpose of any inspection, and further, may request that such representative abide by reasonable safety and hygiene requirements.
  4. The Director of Public Works may require the User to install monitoring equipment as necessary in accordance with Section 13.12.690.  The facility's sampling and monitoring equipment shall be maintained at all times in a safe and proper operating condition by the User at its own expense.  All devices used to measure wastewater flow and quality shall be calibrated bi-annually to ensure their accuracy.
  5. Any temporary or permanent obstruction to safe and easy access to the facility to be inspected and/or sampled shall be promptly removed by the User at the written or verbal request of the Director of Public Works and shall not be replaced.  The costs of clearing such access shall be borne by the User.
  6. Nothing herein shall be construed to limit or restrict any User from exercising any right it may have to object to the nature and extent of any inspection access request or to object to any inspection access request as not necessary to carry out the purposes of the City pursuant to this chapter.
  7. Unreasonable delays in allowing the Director of Public Works or his/her authorized designee access to the User's premises shall be a violation of this chapter.