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Water Programs

Non-Domestic Wastewater/NPDES

Non-Domestic Wastewater/National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program

The Non-Domestic Wastewater/NPDES Program's Mission:

To Protect Broward County's Water Resources by Reducing Storm water/Nonpoint Source Pollution.

Program Description: The Non-Domestic Wastewater/NPDES Program is responsible for licensing all facilities with non-domestic direct discharges entering Broward County's ground and surface waters. This program also conducts special surveillance and pollution source projects designed to reduce the illicit discharge of pollutants into the County's water resources. Additionally, program staff coordinate the County's NPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permit with 24 municipalities, FDOT, and unincorporated Broward County. This storm water program is designed to identify urban non-point source pollution and abate sources through Best Management Practices (BMPs). This program also develops BMPs for industries and businesses that have a high potential of releasing pollutants into the surface and ground waters.

Applications: Application for Renewal License to Operate A Direct Discharge from Non-domestic (Industrial) Activity

No new non-domestic discharges have been allowed in Broward County since 1984 with the exception of a limited number of facilities who have successfully petitioned for a variance from the Broward County Code of Ordinances. Those facilities operating prior to 1984 or under a variance must renew their license each year or potentially lose their ability to maintain the license.

Application for License to Operate A Direct Discharge from Non-domestic (Industrial) Activity

A variance is required to receive a license for any new non-domestic direct discharge. Examples of activities requiring a variance include petroleum tanks at Port Everglades, facilities which perform hydrostatic pressure testing, or any type of mobile or stationary business having a direct non-domestic discharge. Following the successful petition for a variance, the business owner must obtain a license with this application.

Best Management Practices: BMPs are specific procedures a business can follow to improve operations efficiency, to ensure compliance with environment requirements and to promote pollution prevention.

The Florida Storm water, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector's Manual contains BMPs for construction activities during and after construction to minimize erosion and sedimentation and to properly manage runoff for both storm water quantity and quality.

The Future of NPDES MS4: The Water Resources Division coordinates the NPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permit with 26 municipalities, Florida Department of Transportation District 4, Florida Turnpike Enterprise, and unincorporated Broward County.

The Broward County National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) State of Florida Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permit (MS4) was issued February 6, 2003 and summarizes the program activities for the next five years.​​​​