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Developing Local Limits for Industrial Wastewater Discharged into a Sewer System

Outlines the basic steps needed to develop technically based local limits.

Either as part of an approved pretreatment program or by themselves, local limits are an important step in protecting water quality. These limits apply to wastewater discharged from commercial and industrial facilities, that is all industrial usersExit the TCEQ.

These limits are "local" because they are designed to protect a site-specific collection system, wastewater treatment plant, receiving water, and sludge.

How to Develop Local Limits

Submit a sampling plan at least 30 days prior to conducting the study. Please use the checklistMS Word Document linked here.

Follow these basic steps to develop technically based local limits (TBLLs):

  1. Determine pollutants of concern.

  2. Collect and analyze wastewater data.

  3. Calculate maximum allowable loadings to the wastewater treatment plant.

  4. Calculate maximum allowable industrial loadings.

  5. Allocate the resulting TBLLs.

These Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance documents show how to complete each step:

Getting Local Limits Approved

Approved pretreatment programs must submit local limits to the TCEQ's Pretreatment Program for approval. Our Guide for TBLLs Submittal and Pretreatment Program PackageAdobe Acrobat PDF Document lists the items to submit local limits for approval.

The relevant rule for this approval process is Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR) Section 403.18Exit the TCEQ.

How to Apply Local Limits

Publicly owned treatment worksExit the TCEQ (POTWs) have the authority to enforce approved local limits under 40 CFR Subsection 403.5(d)Exit the TCEQ. These limits are to be enforced at the "end of pipe"—in other words, where the commercial or industrial facility's wastewater enters the POTW's collection system.

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