Introduction to Electronic DMR Submission

Introduction to the Wastewater Program’s
Electronic Submission of Discharge
Monitoring Report (eDMR) Enhancements
Wastewater Compliance Evaluation Section
Florida Department of Environmental
• The DMR
• The Electronic eDMR
• eDMR Enhancements
• The Rollout Schedule
• How to Get Started
• Demonstration
• Q&A
Discharge Monitoring Report for Self-Monitoring
All DEP permitted wastewater facilities regardless
of disposal method
All surface water discharges (NPDES)
Basic Structure and Components
Common Mistakes Made During the
Development of the DMR
• Using incorrect parameter code
• Wrongly placing a minimum parameter in the 5th column
C1 C2
Unit C3
• Repeating monitoring location code for the same parameter
DMR Results Data Entry Process
• Paper Copies Received and Logged
Approximately 2000 DMRs/month with a few
to several hundred parameters
• Data Entry (WAFR-DMR & PCS)
• All surface water dischargers
• Groundwater monitoring as
prearranged with Districts
• Pretreatment and reuse
•Groundwater dischargers
Entering results data is resource intensive and
prone to errors
Common Mistakes Made on submitted DMRs
• Placing data in wrong column
• Leaving fields blank
• Misplaced decimal
Secure web and XML-based system allowing
facilities to transmit DMRs to DEP
eDMR (Early 2003)
• How Does eDMR work?
• The Original eDMR Enhancements
• What are the Benefits of Electronic SelfMonitoring Submittals?
How Does eDMR Work?
2. Submit DMR RESULTS via web
3. Data is uploaded through
automatic routines to
The Original eDMR
• Faster, more efficient and less burdensome
alternative to hand-written paper based
• No wrong columns
• On the fly QA/QC
• Electronic signature, certifications and
receipt acknowledgement
Why is DEP Promoting Electronic SelfMonitoring Submittals?
• Ongoing efforts by DEP to improve business
• Encourage the regulated community to
provide paper-less alternatives for reporting
• Savings to the State and the regulated
• Improves program’s overall effectiveness
• Enhancements and upgrades to existing
The enhanced version of eDMR is a system which is
more secure and user friendly than the original
Enhanced Format & Layout
Copy-n-Paste Function
Flags Exceedances & Errors
Attaching Critical Files
Legal, Security, and Electronic Signature Functionalities
Data Analysis, Reporting and Extraction Procedures
How does eDMR Work?
Why a Facility Should Submit DMRs Electronically
WAFR Parameter and Limit Requirements
Enhanced Format & Layout
Helps Reduce Errors
Copy-n-Paste Function from Excel
Flags Exceedances & Errors
= Exceedance
= Blank cell or character not allowed
Attaching Critical Files
• Additional information can be attached to
the submittal
Legal, Security, and Electronic
Signature Functionalities
Data Analysis, Reporting and
Extraction Procedures
How does eDMR Work?
• Serves as an electronic file cabinet to manage
reporting requirements
• Complete chain-of-custody records maintained
• Up-to-date reporting requirements available
• Allows for submitting original or revised reports
• Allows for reviewing previously submitted
• Reports received are uploaded automatically to
WAFR for use by DEP staff and delegated
Why a Facility Should Submit
DMRs Electronically
• Online availability of up-to-date reporting
• Online availability of tracking status of
submitted reporting
• Improves the accuracy of compliance data
• Improves security
• Reduces the facility’s compliance costs
For additional information, please contact us:
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Wastewater Compliance Evaluation Section
2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3550
[email protected]
(850) 245-8567

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