WQWebPortal guidance

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) status update

As we respond to the coronavirus outbreak, we are committed to helping you maintain a safe and healthy workplace. We want you to be able to continue to provide vital services to your communities and protect water quality. However, there is no legal mechanism to suspend NPDES or State Waste Discharge permit requirements. As always, the Water Quality Program uses enforcement discretion for both DMRs and permit submittals based upon the situation.

During these unprecedented circumstances, we understand there may be times where you cannot sample or retrieve lab results for DMR reporting. If this occurs as a result of COVID-19, please enter new DMR code DD in place of data that is missed. This code translates to EPA’s “Natural Disaster” code. You can enter this code at either the DMR or parameter level. Include an explanation in the comments documenting how the COVID-19 circumstances are preventing you from meeting permit requirements.

Please reach out to your assigned Ecology permit contact (permit manager or permit administrator) if you have questions.

We want everyone to stay safe and healthy, and appreciate your understanding.

Facilities with a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) or State Waste Discharge permit may be required to use the WQWebPortal to:

  • Apply for a permit
  • Report wastewater discharge data
  • Submit other documents

Register for the Water Quality Permitting Portal (WQWebPortal) in two easy steps

*Please note: Everything except NOIs need approval per permit number to receive access.

Step 1: Sign up for a SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account

  1. Login to SecureAccess Washington or sign up.
  2. Complete the sign up sequence to create a unique user ID and password. Enter your name and email address.
  3. Receive an email confirmation.
  4. Click on the link in the email.

The following video from a Sand & Gravel General Permit Training provides step-by-step instructions on how to sign up for a SAW account:

Step 2: Add service for WQWebPortal

See step-by-step instructions for registration details if you will be signing.

  1. Login to SecureAccess Washington.
  2. Click on Department of Ecology from list of agencies.
  3. Under “Add a new Service,” look for “Water Quality Permitting Portal (WQWebPortal).”
  4. Click “Apply” in the left column.

After approval, you can access WQWebPortal directly

  1. Login to SecureAccess Washington.
  2. Bypass directly to https://secureaccess.wa.gov/ecy/wqwebportal.

Since reporting requirements differ by permit type and receiving water body, additional information is available on our permit-specific webpages: