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Establishing an Approved Wastewater Pretreatment Program: The Key Elements

Steps to follow in establishing an approved wastewater pretreatment program.

According to Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations Part 403Exit the TCEQ, these are the key elements the publicly-owned treatment works (POTW) must develop if you are required to establish an approved Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) pretreatment program:

  • Establish the legal authority to implement and enforce the pretreatment program;

  • Set up inspection, sampling, reporting, and other procedures to ensure compliance with the requirements of the pretreatment program (through statute, ordinance, or contract);

  • Dedicate the necessary resources and qualified personnel to implement the pretreatment program;

  • Develop and enforce local limits;

  • Prepare an enforcement response plan (ERP) to investigate and respond to violations of the pretreatment program;

  • Take and maintain an inventory of facilities that meet the criteria of "significant industrial user" (SIU).