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Facilitating the development and sharing of SOPs for water and wastewater systems.

Standard operating procedures (SOPs) provide consistency and continuity to utility operations and yet can be overwhelming to develop and maintain. While there is no shortage of guidance materials available to utilities to develop an SOP, until recently there wasn’t a formal structure in place for utilities to share existing SOPs.

The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Cooperative was formed in 2013 to provide the opportunity and structure for water and wastewater utilities to share SOPs. The Cooperative facilitates:

  1. Sharing of SOP formats – The Cooperative provides utilities an opportunity to compare and contrast SOP formats. This includes innovative formats like use of photos and video.
  2. Sharing of SOPs for common tasks – The Cooperative has a growing library of over 200 SOPs collected from member utilities. Members can access this library to develop new or improve upon existing SOPs.
  3. Development of training curriculum and/or other tools – Members and non-members can access training and other tools to support the use of SOPs. To date this includes development of core SOPs in distribution, collections, preliminary wastewater treatment and water treatment.
  • Recent Activity:

  • Risk Management Plan SOPs Risk management plans require SOPs for:(1) Initial startup;(2) Normal operations;(3) Temporary operations;(4) Emergency shutdown and operations;(5) Normal shutdown;(6) Startup following a normal or emergency ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2016, 4:16 PM by Jeff Oxenford
  • Core Water Treatment SOP Workshop The Core Water Treatment Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) workshop will be held December 6. Registration is open to Cooperative members only through November 1. After November 1, registration will be ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2016, 3:26 PM by Jeff Oxenford
  • First Washington State member The City of Mercer Island, WA has joined the SOP Cooperative. The Cooperative continues to expand outside of Colorado.
    Posted Sep 22, 2016, 4:52 PM by Jeff Oxenford
  • Cooperative Library Boasts Over 700 SOPs! Did you know that the SOP Cooperative library now boasts over 700 SOPs and SOP related guidance and tools? Thanks to our members who have contributed so many! And to ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2016, 12:10 PM by Clare Haas Claveau
  • SOP Library - List of Contents Curious to know what is in the SOP library? We now have a list that shows over 350 SOPs, programs, and other SOP support from members and open sources. Thank ...
    Posted Mar 10, 2016, 5:33 AM by Clare Haas Claveau
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