By Denise Ramos, Natural Resource Specialist II
Identification of the Industrial Users (IUs) within the Broward County Water and Wastewater Services (WWS) service area is an extremely important compliance facet of the Broward County Industrial Pretreatment Program (BCIPP).
The initiation of industrial user wastewater permitting process may result from a variety of reasons and/or sources:
- BCIPP staff carrying out an Industrial Waste Survey and locating a new industrial user
- BCIPP staff carrying out a follow up investigation related to the hauled waste program
- A new industry moving into the service area and submitting a Wastewater Discharge Application.
- Information provided to BCIPP from large users.
Most typically the permitting process would begin with the Wastewater Discharge Permit Application which must be submitted to WWS enforcement staff along with a $75 application fee. Each application provides the BCIPP with vital client information regarding the facility’s name, address, contact information, type of industrial process, number of employees, industrial category, chemicals used at the facility and the amount of water used and discharged from the facility. All of this information is entered into the BCIPP tracking database. Fiscal Operation at WWS is also provided with the client information to ensure that an account has been or will be set up for the potential permittee.
Using the information submitted by the IU in the wastewater discharge permit application, in conjunction with the information garnered from a facility pre-permitting inspection by BCIPP permitting and inspection staff, a Temporary Operating Permit (TOP) document may be issued to the industrial user.
The TOP is usually issued for a period of 90 days, during which time the facility is allowed to discharge to the collection sewer system and the TOP delineates any additional information that is required to be submitted to WWS, the timeframe for submission of this information including, baseline monitoring results, water bills and any other pertinent construction related information. During this time any necessary construction and or installation of primary sampling devices and additional pretreatment equipment may take place.
If it is determined that a final industrial user permit is required, the information obtained from the wastewater discharge permit application, the baseline monitoring results, facility inspections and the pretreatment regulations are all utilized in the classification of the industry.
Following classification of the industry as categorical or non-categorical, existing source or new source, assignment of the relevant type or types of permit limits takes place. The tracking database is updated with all pertinent client and compliance related information along the way.
This document is reviewed by Enforcement Section staff and management, and ultimately approved and signed by the WWS Director of Operations Division.