Who should i contact if i need more information about the program?
For more information please contact the Pretreatment Coordinator at 407 688-5000 ext. 5513 or Environmental Coordinator at 407.688.5000 ext. 5512
What wastes are prohibited in the wastewater system?
Flammable, reactive, corrosive, or radioactive substances
Medical or infectious wastes
Solid or viscous materials which could cause problems with flow or operation at the treatment plant
Substances which result in the emission of hazardous gases
I didn’t have to do this in my last facility?
Pretreatment is not only driven by Federal regulation, but by State and Local regulations as well. The City of Sanford (City) conduct field surveys on a routine basis to insure compliance with these regulations.
What happens if an industry does not comply with the Pretreatment Program?
The City makes every effort to maintain working partnerships with the regulated industries and commercial users, valuing information and compliance over enforcement as the best way to achieve mutually beneficial economic and environmental goals. However, if an industry remains non-compliant, that industry will be subject to enforcement action. The City utilizes a progressive enforcement response plan, with actions ranging from Notices of Violation (NOV) and citations to sewer or water service termination.
How do I know if I need to be regulated under this program?
All non-domestic users under construction must complete a Wastewater Discharge Application at least 90 days prior to discharging to the City’s sanitary sewer.
Existing non-domestic users with the potential to discharge pollutants of concern must complete the Wastewater discharge Permit Application and return it to the City’s pretreatment coordinator within 30 days. Evaluation of the application is follow up with a site inspection to verify the information. The user will be notified if his type of business needs to have a wastewater discharge permit. The discharge permit will state the monitoring, reporting and compliance requirements that the User would be required to observe.
What types of users are regulated under the pretreatment program?
Pretreatment regulations apply to a variety of businesses discharging wastewater from industrial and commercial processes which have the potential to impact the receiving wastewater treatment facility or the health or safety of the public.
The Pretreatment program also works closely with many smaller types of businesses. While smaller businesses may not generate large quantities of waste, the cumulative impact of their wastes could have a big impact on City treatment plant operations.
Some of the commercial businesses of interest and pollutants they generate are restaurants (oil and grease discharges), photo processors (silver concentrations in fixer discharges), dentists (mercury from amalgam, silver from x-ray fixer, and radiator repair shops (copper, lead and zinc from radiator repair rinse water).
Why is a Pretreatment Program necessary?
Discharging certain substances into the sewer system could:
Interfere with the operation of the POTW by upsetting the biological process and killing the microorganisms needed for proper treatment.
Jeopardize the health and safety of collection system and POTW personnel - Clog sewer lines.
Be extremely dangerous if dumped in high concentrations
Mix with other chemicals to form toxic gasses.
Why does the City have a pretreatment program?
The Clean Water Act established the responsibility for Federal, State, and local government to implement National Pretreatment Standards in order to control pollutants from non-domestic sources that discharge to a Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs).
What is a pretreatment program?
It is an EPA-mandated program that requires the City to regulate industrial and commercial discharges to City’s wastewater collection system, thereby reducing the amount of pollutants released into the environment from the City’s treatment plants.