In addition, Wastewater Treatment Plant personnel operate and maintain eight sewage pumping stations throughout the town. A state- and federal-approved Pre-Treatment Program, staffed by town personnel, monitors all the industrial and commercial sewage discharges into the town collection system.
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Any business or facility contemplating the addition or modification of discharge into the Town of Tonawanda sanitary sewer system are required to complete the pdf Industrial Waste Questionnaire application.
"Pretreatment" is defined in Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR) Subsection 403.3(o)
Objectives of the Pre-Treatment Program
By placing controls and/or limits on levels of certain pollutants in wastewater discharged to your sewer system, you:
Most POTWs are designed to treat sanitary (domestic) wastes from households, but not to treat toxic pollutants from industrial or commercial facilities. The toxic pollutants from industrial and commercial facilities may cause serious problems at POTWs. Problems may be prevented by recycling, waste minimization, chemical substitution, pre-treatment, or other best management practices to reduce or eliminate the pollutants from commercial or industrial facilities.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the General Pre-Treatment Regulations under 40 CFR Part 403 to set responsibilities for federal, state, and local government, industry, and the public to achieve the National Pre-Treatment Program objectives.
The Town of Tonawanda’s Pre-Treatment Program was developed and initiated in 1982 and finally approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1984. The 1972 Clean Water Act and the 1978 Federal General Pre-Treatment Regulations required the formation of the program. The General Pre-Treatment Regulations can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40, Part 403 or the US EPA’s website.
The EPA’s General Pre-Treatment Regulations apply to all businesses and industries, which introduce pollutants into the sewer system. The EPA recognized that by regulating the businesses and industries that were known to have pollutants in their wastewater, the Pre-Treatment Program would have greater impact on reducing pollutants in the sewer system. The EPA developed four criteria that a business or industry could fall under, that would designate them as a business or industry that is required to be regulated. These businesses or industries are known as Significant Industrial Users. The four criteria are: