Any industrial or commercial facility that discharges wastewater into the City of Fort Worth’s wastewater collection system is required to be in compliance with federal, state, and local effluent limitations and pretreatment standards. Compliance is required whether or not the facility has been issued a wastewater permit.
The City of Fort Worth’s Industrial Wastewater Ordinance requires the following industrial facilities to obtain a wastewater permit prior to discharging process wastewater into the sanitary sewer system:
New facilities must submit a permit application to Pretreatment Services at least 90 days prior to commencing discharge of process wastewater. The City requires all new facilities to install an “end of pipe” sampling location that meets the City’s specifications. Other sampling locations may be needed to meet federal pretreatment requirements. New facilities are urged to contact Pretreatment Services prior to construction/startup for more information.
Existing facilities are required to submit a permit application to Pretreatment Services at least 90 days prior to the expiration date of their current permit. Wastewater discharge permits may be transferred to a new owner or operator only if the permittee gives at least 30 days advance notice. The notice must include a written certification by the new owner/operator which:
Pretreatment Services has the right to deny a permit transfer for any reason. Any industrial/commercial facility that discharges wastewater into the City of Fort Worth’s sanitary sewer system is required to be in compliance with federal, state, and local effluent limitations and pretreatment standards. Compliance is required whether or not the facility has been issued a wastewater permit.
SIUs are commercial/industrial facilities that the EPA and the TCEQ require the City of Fort Worth to permit and regulate. The general pretreatment regulations (40CFR Part 403) define a SIU as a facility that meets any of these criteria:
The wastewater permit issued to each facility will have the following conditions:
Each industrial facility is strongly urged to read its wastewater permit and understand all provisions within it. Failure to follow the requirements of a permit is a violation of the City Ordinance and may subject violators to enforcement actions, including penalties of up to $2,000 per violation per day.
The City requires some commercial facilities to install and maintain grease or grit traps. These include:
In order to protect the collection system (sanitary sewer) and the wastewater treatment plant, the City has the right to require any commercial facility that it deems necessary to install and maintain grease or grit traps. For more information on grease and grit traps please refer to the City’s Grease Abatement web page.
Code of Management Practice for Silver Dischargers
On October 1, 2000, the City of Fort Worth implemented the Code of Management Practices(PDF, 39KB) (CMP) for Silver Dischargers. This program is administered by Pretreatment Services. Please use the contact information below for more information on the CMP program.