Producing wastewater doesn’t come without some inconveniences. By now, you know you can’t simply dump that water down the drain or into freshwater resources. Depending on the state you live in, there will be different laws and agencies regulating wastewater discharge. For instance, if you’re in California, you can count on more than a couple handfuls of state and federal regulatory requirements for water use and disposal.
You definitely might be confused when trying to determine which wastewater discharge regulations pertain to you and your industry, especially because universal wastewater discharge standards are not in place. You must not only pay attention to federal regulations like the Clean Water Act, but you have to follow regulations enforced on the state and county level. Businesses that deal with wastewater must follow regulations put in place by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Department of Environmental Health, the Department of Health, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Aside from federal regulations, you must follow regulations enforced by your state’s Pollution Control Agency. They have regulations, standards, and rules not only on water, but air and waste as well. Further regulations on your wastewater depend on whether or not you’re in city limits, and whether or not you use a publicly owned treatment facility.
Stay proactive about wastewater discharge regulations by familiarizing yourself with rules on every level. Refer back to regulations often, as they can change. Consider joining a wastewater association to network with others in a similar position to your business.