Domestic Wastewater Pretreatment Program
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, in its role as approval authority, oversees the development and implementation of local pretreatment programs in the state. These local pretreatment programs are developed and implemented in accordance with Chapter 62-625, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), § 403.0885, Florida Statutes (F.S.), and the Clean Water Act (33 United States Code, § 1251 et seq.).
Pretreatment is the removal, reduction, or alteration of pollutants in industrial wastewater prior to discharge or introduction into a domestic wastewater treatment facility (WWF). Metal finishing and related operations are a common source of industrial wastewater in Florida which typically requires treatment prior to discharge to a WWF.
When a pretreatment program is required:
In general, a pretreatment program may be required if a publicly owned domestic wastewater facility (WWF) receives discharge from Significant Industrial Users and the WWF discharges to either surface waters of the State or various reuse systems in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 62-610, F.A.C. There are currently around 65 active pretreatment programs with more being developed every day.
The goals of a pretreatment program:
For additional information about pretreatment in Florida, please see the following links:
Last updated: July 26, 2012
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