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The Southeast District Domestic Waste Water Permitting Section can be reached by calling 561-681-6600.



Domestic Wastewater Section

The domestic wastewater section issues permits for all domestic wastewater treatment facilities and conducts compliance and enforcement activities for those plants under the Department's regulations. Domestic wastewater refers to wastewater derived principally from dwellings, business buildings, institutions and the like, and includes sanitary wastewater and sewage.

In Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, permitting, compliance and enforcement is delegated to local programs for sewage collection systems and wastewater treatment facilities treating less than 500,000 gallons per day and not discharging to surface waters or injection wells.


Industrial Wastewater Section

The Southeast District (SED) industrial wastewater section is responsible for permitting and inspection of industrial wastewater treatment/disposal facilities.  Permitting of power plants was transferred to the program's Tallahassee headquarters with the delegation of the federal NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) program to the state in May 1995.

Industrial wastewater refers to wastewater not otherwise defined as domestic wastewater, including the runoff and leachate from areas that receive pollutants associated with industrial or commercial storage, handling or processing.  Please note that stormwater runoff from industrial activities may also be regulated under the NPDES Stormwater Program.

Industrial facilities under permit in the SED include bulk petroleum terminals, citrus packing and processing plants, drinking water plants, land application sites and a variety of small wastewater sources.

Facilities that are permitted under simplified general permit criteria include dewatering discharges, petroleum contaminated (groundwater) cleanup discharges, recycling car washes and sand/rock mining and processing facilities.

Industrial wastewater facilities connected to permitted sewage treatment plants are not required to obtain separate industrial waste permits, but must abide by federal, state or local pre-treatment standards.  Many facilities, such as dairies and citrus processors, reuse wastewater through land application (spray field irrigation), but must still obtain industrial waste permits that require monitoring of effluent and groundwater near the land application sites.





Last updated: November 23, 2015
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