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Industrial (Waste) Pretreatment
Industrial Pretreatment is the local control authority (CA) that permits, certifies, inspects, monitors and reports to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) industrial and commercial facilities that discharge pollution in the form of oils, greases, chemicals, solvents, solids and others that can cause damage to the Sanitary Collection System (SCS), the Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW), Storm Water System (SWS) or cause a bypass in the Water Reclamation Facility (WRF), of reclaimed water to public homes, facilities, ground and surface waters.
A commercial facility is generally a facility that;
Prepares, serves, sells, and distributes food (Retail Food Service Establishments) that contain Carbonaceous Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), Total Suspended Solids (TSS), Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG).
Automotive facilities (car washes, see Industrial Pretreatment) can discharge Petroleum Hydrocarbons, antifreezes, solvents, sand/grit, debris, and other types of pollutants.
Please read the Ordinance, as it pertains to your facility. Facilities connected to City of Apopka SCS are required to have and maintain a grease interceptor, oil and water separator, or sand/grit water separator. Under the sink traps are prohibited. Sizing calculations and pertinent information is located in:
Oil and Grease Management Program (OGMP)
All facilities must complete and return the application for determination of placement either in the OGMP or Surcharge Programs. If you have any questions please contact this office. You will also need to schedule an appointment for the initial inspection of your facility. There will be a one-time registration fee of $25.00 and a monthly fee of $20.00 per month to cover additional treatment costs and inspections of the traps. Charges will be added to your monthly utility bill.
All new automotive facilities are required to have and maintain Oil-Water separators. Facilities that discharge “zero” pollutants, where the oils, anti-freeze, and solvents are kept in a contained unit and then pumped out for recycling and or hazardous disposal are not required to have a separator. All others please complete the application and submit to the address on the form.
Dental facilities may be required to have an Amalgam separator. Even though facilities are not using amalgams any longer there are still patients that may have amalgam fillings that will be disposed of at your facility. Please complete the application and send it to the address on the form. We will schedule an appointment to discuss the possibility of this pretreatment.
Silver or Silver Rich Facilities (S-R)
These facilities are generally process film where silver-rich solution is used in developing. S-R facilities are required to separate, contain, and properly dispose silver-rich solutions. Please complete the application and send it to the address on the form.
Link to: S-R Application
Environmental Waste Haulers:
A list of companies that clean and pump Grease traps, interceptors, and separators.
Link to: EWH list.
Surcharges are based on the milligrams per liter of conventional pollutants to the SCS. Generally those are BOD, TSS, Vegetable Oil, and Petroleum Hydrocarbon Oils (See “definitions” starting on page 8 of the Sewer Use Ordinance). Sampling is performed each 30 days and if any parameter exceeds the allowable limits, the commercial user is responsible for the addition of surcharges added to the utility bill. Parameter maximums and fees are available in the Sewer Use Ordinance beginning on page 58.
Go to: Chapter 82, Article II, Section 83.38, §38.16, Subsection IV Surcharge (Effluent Penalty) Program, A, page 58.
What is an Industrial Facility?
Industrial Facilities are generally manufacturing or processing facilities that require the use of various types of surfactants, solvents, chemical, coatings, oils, acids, metal finishing processes, metallurgy, painting, washing/packaging food products or many other manufacturing, assembling, or production processes that do or may cause damage to the SCS, WRF, storm water, ground or surface waters, the public and or employee health. There are many chemicals used in manufacturing processes, the Control Authority is required by the EPA and FDEP to permit, monitor and inspect all facilities within the City of Apopka’s jurisdiction and issue Wastewater Discharge Permits. The following links provide detailed information regarding the applicable laws and regulations pertaining to Industrial (Waste) Pretreatment.
City of Apopka Sewer Use Ordinance Commercial Industrial Pretreatment Guidelines:
Chapter 82, Article II, Section 83.38, §38.03 – General Sewer Use Requirements and Prohibitions of the City’s Code of Ordinances, page 25. Purpose and policy, administration, abbreviations and definitions are found in § 38.01 General Provisions, page 7.
Florida Administrative Codes:
Provides technical information regarding discharges from Industrial Users to Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW). Please click here to read about pretreatment requirements for existing and new sources of pollution.
Environmental Protection Agency Industrial Regulations:
Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40, Protection of the Environment:
Provides information on specific regulations limiting discharges of toxic and other conventional or non-conventional pollutants into the Publicly Owned Treatment Works (includes collection system) and the environment. Please click here to visit the Code of Federal Regulations website.
Wastewater Discharge Permit Application:
The WDPA must be completed entirely in order to process the Permit for Wastewater Discharges into the City of Apopka’s SCS. The application is to be completed and brought or sent to us at the address listed below. Please be sure that an authorized person sign and date the front of the application as indicated. Please call with any questions.
Accidental Spills or Discharges:
If there is a spill or accidental discharges of toxins or pollutants into the SCS, your facility shall:
Immediately contact the City of Apopka (numbers below), with information regarding:
- What has been spilled or discharged?
- How much has been spilled or discharged?
- What time did the spill or discharge occur?
- What actions are being taken to clean up the spill and stop the discharge of any further chemicals, toxins, or other pollutants into the SCS?
Emergency and Other Contact Information:
Industrial (Waste) Pretreatment:
748 East Cleveland Street, Apopka 32703
407.703.1782, Monday – Fridays, 7:00am -3:30pm.
Water Reclamation Facility:
407.703.1736, 7 days a week, 6:00am to 10:00pm.
407.703.1731, Monday – Fridays, 8:00am to 5:00pm
Police, Fire Communication Center:
407.703.1757, 7days a week, 24 hours a day.