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Sewer Use & Pretreatment

This section includes a Model Sewer Use Law that is intended to aid municipalities in developing or modifying their sewer use laws. Many communities need to examine and revisit their code as they effectively implement a pretreatment program, revise user chargers, and upgrade enforcement provisions. This Model Sewer Use Law offers up language and a structure. It was developed by NYSDEC in 1994.

Also included in this section is an article entitled "Local Sewer Use Ordinance is Key to Establishing Mini-Pretreatment Program" which discusses the objectives of the National Pretreatment Program, provides some pointers for conducting a Headworks Analysis, and looks at various aspects of setting and enforcing local limits. The USEPA's pretreatment programs website, NPDES Program-Pretreatment includes information and publications on Pretreatment Standards & Limits, Prohibited Discharge Standards, Categorical Standards, Local Limit Development Guidance, and Analytical Methods.

A general introduction to the program can be found in "Introduction to the National Pretreatment Program (1999)." There is also a link for general Pretreatment Regulations 40 CFR Part 403, as well as, "Streaming the General Pretreatment Regulations for Existing & New Sources for Pollution" which is in the Federal Register, July 22, 1999.

The Office of Water Programs - California State University has the manual entitled Pretreatment Facility Inspection, as well as a variety of videos.

Fats, Oils, and Greases

The Water Environment Federation has numerous publications in their catalog under "Industrial Waste" and now has available a "Fat Free Sewers" brochure for homeowners on keeping greases out of the sewers.

Oregon's "Fats, Oils and Grease Manual" has "Best Management Practices" that are written for pretreatment staff and restaurant owners.

North Carolina's Department of Environment and Natural Resources has numerous documents and an extensive website for oil and grease that includes slide presentations, fact sheets, and outreach materials.

Water Conservation

WaterSaver Home has ways to reduce water use at home.

The Water Efficiency website has "Important Links" and is USEPA's program to promote efficient municipal water use. USEPA also has a Drought Management website that has water efficiency measures.

Visit DEC's website for more pointers on "What You Can Do to Save Water."

Pollution Prevention

DEC's Pollution Prevention Website has numerous resources in the "Publications by Business Sector" section that relate to the following industries or business: Composes, Electronics and Computers, Farming, Food Processing, Health Care, Lithographic Printers, Metal Finishing, Plumbers, Vehicle Maintenance Shops, and Wood Finishing.

Environmental compliance requirements, pollution prevention methods, and self-assessment checklists can be found there.

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