Locus Technologies has expanded its Environmental Information Management (EIM) software to automate the generation of discharge monitoring reports (DMR), which can help companies realize immediate cost and time savings, Locus says.
The environmental compliance and information management software company says this is in response to industry and customer demands to streamline DMR reporting under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program.
The NPDES requires that permit holders report self-monitored pollution results with a DMR. These reports are often due monthly, and collecting and reporting information such as analytical chemistry of pollutants, flow velocity, total maximum daily load, and other parameters make generating DMRs a time-consuming process. For companies that have to report on 100 or 1,000 facilities, manually producing a DMR also becomes a major operational expense.
Locus says its new EIM DMR solves the problem of expensive, labor-intensive manual report generation by automating the process. Once arranged in EIM, companies can generate DMRs within minutes in the approved formats, using validated data, Locus says.
Companies can set up EIM for all permitted facilities. Relevant data are directly uploaded to the system, reviewed and validated, then reported in the proper formats.
Additionally, Locus’ software helps companies manage and organize all their water-quality data using cloud-based computing and storage, replacing spreadsheets and homegrown databases typically used to generate DMRs.
The enterprise software model also employs mashups — applications that integrate data or functionality from multiple sources or technologies.
NPDES DMR reporting and other water-quality management issues represent a potentially huge area of risk and cost for businesses, Locus president and CEO Neno Duplan says. Automating generation, quality control and submittal of DMRs should be part of any organization’s environmental strategy Duplan says, adding that establishing water-quality transparency and formulating specific and measurable targets with respect to water footprint reduction, can be a competitive advantage in the marketplace.