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
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