The PBCWUD Pretreatment Program provides for the regulation of wastewater dischargers into the sanity sewer system. The Department administers the program in accordance with Palm Beach County Ordinance 96-3. The purpose of the program is to prevent the introduction of pollutants into the wastewater collection and treatment system. This is import to prevent interference with the treatment process, avoid damage to the equipment, harm to its workers, the public and the environment.
The program requires all new connections to the sewer system to be inspected for applicable pretreatment equipment, such as, oil and grease interceptors (OGI), lint traps, oil/water interceptors, etc. Any changes in existing non-residential customer accounts are reviewed for pretreatment requirements. It is recommend these changes, renovation, alteration, etc., be forwarded to the Utilities for review for the need of any type of pretreatment. This will avoid delays in re-construction. The program provides for an annual OGI fee of $300 be added to the water bill. All industrial users are subject to permits based on the process wastewater discharged into the sanitary sewer system. These permitted users are monitored and sampled for compliance with the local discharge limits listed in the ordinance as well as federal limits listed in the code of federal regulations.
The Utilities Department’s OGI Monitoring Program requires all restaurants, food service and auto repair facilities to maintain and clean their grease traps and oil/water separators at least annually. These OGI’s are sampled and inspected every six months. If test results indicate the pretreatment limits are exceeded, the customer is notified of an applicable monthly surcharge in writing. In order to comply and avoid the surcharge, the customer must have the trap cleaned and provide proof (legible copy of invoice or cleaning manifest) and test results from an independent certified laboratory indicating compliance limits have been met to the Water Utilities Department Pretreatment Coordinator prior to the date indicated on the notification letter.
Frequently asked questions about Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department’s Pretreatment Program
The purpose of the pretreatment program is to prevent the introduction of pollutants into the wastewater collection and transmission system. This is important to prevent interference with the treatment process, avoid damage to equipment, or harm to workers, the public and the environment.
WHAT IS PRETREATMENT?
WHY IS PRETREATMENT REQUIRED?
WHEN DID THE PRETREATMENT PROGRAM BECOME EFFECTIVE?
WHEN IS PRETREATMENT REQUIRED AND HOW WILL I KNOW IF I’M AFFECTED?
As a requirement, your facility will be periodically inspected. If requested, PBCWUD would provide an initial facility assessment at no charge. However, it is still the responsibility of the customer to determine if their facility must comply.
I HAVE A BUSINESS THAT IS NOT AN INDUSTRIAL OR FOOD ESTABLISHMENT. WILL I BE AFFECTED?
WITH WHAT WASTEWATER LIMITS MUST I COMPLY?
Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD)
Total Suspended Solids (TSS)
HOW WILL IT BE DETERMINED IF MY LIMITS MEET OR DO NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS?
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF MY DISCHARGE DOES NOT MEET THE LIMITS ESTABLISHED IN THE PBC SEWER USE ORDINANCE OR UPAP?
WHAT IS A SURCHARGE?
HOW DO YOU DETERMINE THE SURCHARGE?
WHAT APPROPRIATE ACTION MUST I TAKE TO PREVENT A SURCHARGE FROM BEING ADDED TO MY WATER BILL?
1. Have your pretreatment device (grease trap) thoroughly cleaned.
2. Have an independent laboratory obtain a sample from your pretreatment device and analyzed for the limits stated in the letter. A partial listing of laboratories can be obtained from the program coordinator.
3. Forward this information to the program coordinator.
WHAT IF I HAVE MY PRETREATMENT DEVICE PUMPED AND TESTED AND MY DEVICE STILL FAILS? WHAT COULD BE THE PROBLEM?
WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Last Updated : 11/03/2014