It isn’t always easy to be in an industry—like concrete or stone fabrication—that produces slurry and wastewater. Discharge regulations can get tricky, and fines are tough. Are you struggling to understand what regulations you need to follow? Due to a lack of universal wastewater discharge standards, you aren’t alone.
No matter your industry, you always have to be mindful of wastewater discharge regulations. Unfortunately, because there isn’t a consistent industry standard that is clearly defined, you might be confused. Regulations are enforced on the local, county, state, and federal level. You also need to consider regulations presented by organizations like the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) and the United States EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Checking each of these regulations is crucial. Consider this: your township might have certain rules, but you also have to adhere to entirely different (and potentially overarching) regulations on the county, state, or federal level.
After calling your local township, county, or state, inconsistent standards might leave you with more questions than answers. What’s the next step, then? You already know dumping wastewater is subject to regulations, so feigning innocence and dumping slurry and wastewater anyway is out of the question. Even if you are confused about the precise regulations for your area and situation, confusion isn’t a reason to decide to dump your wastewater. Take an active role in slurry and wastewater treatment. Understand what’s going on in your industry. Stay in the know about current wastewater treatment and discharge trends. Be proactive, not reactive. Take care of your slurry by investing in water filtration equipment. Dumping and succumbing to fine after fine is not the solution.
Wastewater discharge standards are complicated. Until universal standards are in place, you may still have some questions. However, your best method is to remain proactive by staying current on trends and deciding to treat your water using effective dewatering equipment.