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FAQs
Where can I drain my pool?
Am I required to have an oil separator?
Who can pump my oil separator?
How do I dispose of the wastewater generated by a mobile car wash facility?
How do I dispose of the wastewater generated by a stationary carwash facility?
How do I dispose of unwanted medications?
Where do I dispose of household hazardous wastes?

 

Where can I drain my pool?
Guidance:
Disposal to Sanitary Sewer Systems:
Pool and spa wastewater should not be discharged into the sanitary sewer system without the permission of the wastewater treatment facility.
Avoid discharging to the sanitary sewer system during or immediately after a significant rainfall event.

Best Management Practices
To help protect Florida’s environment, the following best management practices should be followed when draining swimming pools or discharging filter backwash into the environment.
Only drain your pool when necessary. Avoid draining/backwashing your pool during periods of drought and during significant rainfall events. Do not drain your pool when watering restrictions are in place.
Before draining your pool, allow the water to stand for at least 48 hours after the last addition of chlorine or until the free chlorine residual is < 0.01 mg/L. (If you need to drain your pool quickly, you can purchase chlorine-neutralizing chemicals such as sodium thiosulfate at your local pool supply company.)
Test the free chlorine residual before discharging. A free chlorine residual should not be detected. The chlorine residual can be tested using a standard pool test kit. (Refer to 64E-9.004 (11), F.A.C. for additional information.)
The water should be clear and free of solids.
The pH must be between 6.5 and 8.5 before it is discharged.
Algaecides containing copper or silver can interrupt normal algal and plant growth in surface water bodies and should be used with caution. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions before discharging water that has had an algaecide added recently.

Am I required to have an oil separator?
Oil separators (sometimes called oil/water separators) are required for auto
repair garages, car washing facilities with engine or undercarriage cleaning
capability, factories where oily or flammable liquid wastes are produced, and companies involved in certain other types of activities. Petroleum hydrocarbons cannot be discharged into the sewer because they can interfere with the wastewater treatment process.

Who can pump my oil separator?
Only transporters who are permitted by Broward County EPGMD and WWS to haul and dispose of industrial Waste respectively, can legally
pump and transport waste from an oil separator. Waste from oil/water separators must be taken to facilities ( e.g. Centralized Waste Treatment Facility) that are permitted to treat this type of industrial waste. It must not be brought to the Broward County Septage Receiving Facility.

How do I dispose of the wastewater generated by a  mobile car wash facility?
Mobile car wash facility–  When setting up a mobile car wash facility, send an e-mail outlining your plans for set up at the location. You can include the types of vehicles you intend to wash, approximate amounts of wastewater that may be generated  daily from your vehicle washing activities and what containment and other precautions you will have in place at the location, if possible photos of your set up will be helpful. The BCIPP will send a member of  our staff out  to inspect the site when you are operational. Based on the information you provide we will send you a letter informing you as to whether you are approved for disposal into the sewer at this location. Include the daily amount (gallons per day) that will be discharged.  Disposal to the sewer on site must have prior approval from the property owner prior to discharge.

The effluent must fall within the following guidelines:

There is no engine cleaning in the car wash process.
No degreasing of parts in the car wash process.
Use biodegradable soaps and chemical instead of solvent based- solutions.
Reduce the amount of detergent used in the system. Using less detergent produces fewer suds and reduces the amount of discharge to the sewer.
Water softeners and filtration can lower the amount of total suspended solids in water and reduce spotting on vehicles.
If there is less spotting on the vehicles, less detergent will be needed.

The Florida DEP provides the Recommended Best Management Practices for Mobile Vehicle and Equipment Washing Guide.

How do I dispose of the wastewater generated by a stationary carwash facility?
Car wash facility– The Florida DEP provides the following document regarding the recommended Best Management Practices for stationary carwash facilities:
Guide to BMPs: 100% Closed-Loop Recycle Systems at Vehicle and Other Equipment Wash Facilities.

How do I dispose of unwanted medications?
To protect the environment, please follow the guidelines provided by the Department of Environmental Protection in the DEP Medication Disposal Flyer.

Where do I dispose of household hazardous wastes?
The government does not regulate hazardous wastes generated in the home. Visit your local household hazardous waste program website for advice and collection schedules.

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