Pretreatment is the removal, reduction or alteration of pollutants in industrial wastewater prior to discharge or introduction into a domestic wastewater treatment facility (WWF). Metal finishing and related operations are a common source of industrial wastewater in Florida that typically requires treatment prior to discharge to a WWF.
When a pretreatment program is required:
In general, a pretreatment program may be required if a publicly owned WWF receives discharge from significant industrial users and the WWF discharges to either surface waters of the state or various reuse systems in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 62-610, F.A.C. There are currently 67active pretreatment programs with more being developed every day.
The goals of a pretreatment program:
To prevent the introduction of pollutants into the WWF that will cause interference with its operation;
To prevent the introduction of pollutants into the WWF that will pass through the WWF, inadequately treated, into waters of the state;
To provide protection for both public health and welfare and WWF workers; and
To promote beneficial reuse and recycling of domestic wastewater and residuals from WWFs.
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