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Wastewater Programs

The Wastewater Section ensures that all facilities, Domestic Wastewater  and Industrial Wastewater facilities, meet State of Florida water quality standards to protect the environment and public health.

After hours emergencies should be reported to the State Warning Point at (800) 320-0519.

  

Domestic Wastewater

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Reclaimed Water PipesOn average, each person generates about 100 gallons of wastewater each day. To protect public health and the environment this wastewater must be treated in some manner, usually through a septic tank or a wastewater treatment facility. Approximately 60 percent of Florida's population are served by a domestic wastewater treatment facility. It is estimated that more than one billion gallons of domestic wastewater are treated in a wastewater treatment facility in Florida each day.

The Department regulates the collection, treatment, reuse and disposal of domestic wastewater and residuals from more than 3,000 municipal and privately owned facilities in Florida. Of that 3,000, there are currently 365 regulated wastewater treatment facilities within the Northeast District (NED) most of which are privately owned. Each of these facilities are required to have a permit from the Department to operate. This permit must be renewed every five years. Collection systems (sewer lines connected to the treatment facility) are issued a permit for initial construction only, no other operation permit is needed.

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Industrial Wastewater

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Industrial wastewater discharges are highly variable in the amount and types of pollutants they contain. Large industries in the NED include pulp and paper mills, phosphate and heavy mineral mines, electrical power plants, bulk oil terminals, organic chemicals and concrete batch plants. Other industries include car washes, laundromats, reverse osmosis concentrate and 100 percent recycle facilities.  

Mining OperationAgriculture is one of the biggest industries in Florida. Many agricultural processing activities, such as dairies, aquaculture, egg production and feedlots, are also regulated under the industrial wastewater section.

Pollution from industry includes traditional pollutants such as BOD (biochemical oxygen demand -- a pollutant that contributes to the depletion of oxygen in receiving waters) and suspended solids and nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus -- chemicals that act as fertilizers in receiving waters and contribute to algae blooms and other nuisance plant growth). However, industrial wastewater can also include heavy metals, pesticides, oils and greases and many toxic organic and inorganic chemicals.

Wastewater flows can vary from several hundred gallons per day for a small car wash to tens of millions of gallons a day for a pulp and paper mill. Because of this variability, industrial wastewater treatment requirements must be developed on a case-by-case basis, or industry-by-industry basis, rather than under a uniform treatment standard. Most industrial wastewater discharges are regulated by specific federal requirements at a minimum. However, if additional treatment is necessary to protect water quality standards, the industries must provide the additional level of treatment.

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Last updated: March 13, 2012
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