Industrial Pretreatment Program
The primary goals of the Industrial Pretreatment Program include the following:
- Protecting the health and safety of the community and city workers
- Prevent discharges to Wastewater Facilities, which will interfere with the operation of the
facilities including interference with the use or disposal of wastewater residuals.
- Prevent discharges to the Wastewater Facilities which will pass through or otherwise be
incompatible with treatment facilities
- To improve opportunities to beneficially use domestic wastewater residuals (reclaimed water and sludge)
Industrial Pretreatment services all three of Clearwater's Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facilities.
This includes all non-domestic discharges in the Cities of Clearwater and Safety Harbor.
According to the Florida Administrative Code (62-625), Public Utilities are required
to develop a pretreatment program for:
- Any wastewater facility (WWF) or combination of WWF's operated by the same public utility with a
total design flow greater than 5 million gallons per day (MGD) and receives pollutants from industrial users
- Any WWF providing reclaimed water to public access facilities
- Any WWF identified as needing a pretreatment program by FDEP
Industrial Pretreatment Ordinance:
The City of Clearwater approved a revised sewer use Ordinance #6393-99 on August 5, 1999
and was revised by Ordinance #6828-01 on August 16, 2001. Ordinance #8322-13 was passed by City Council on February 21, 2013 and received final approval by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection March 31, 2014. The ordinance provides:
- Legal authority to enforce the federal and state requirements
- Authority to develop local discharge limits
Clearwater's Pretreatment Program is responsible to act as the "control authority"
in the infrastructure including the sanitary collection systems and wastewater treatment plants by:
- Preventing discharges that may interfere with operation and disposal of wastewater (effluent) and/or sludge
- Preventing discharges which will pass through or be incompatible with treatment
- Improving opportunities to beneficially use wastewater residuals and reclaimed water
The sewer use ordinance and local limits apply to all industrial
customers who discharge into Clearwater's sanitary sewer system.
The City of Safety Harbor (http://www.cityofsafetyharbor.com) discharges
sewerage into the Northeast Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility.
The City of Clearwater has an inter-local agreement with Safety
Harbor. Safety Harbor has approved a sewer use ordinance in conjunction
with Clearwater on November 15, 1999.
Once Ordinance #8322-13 is approved by FDEP, Safety Harbor will be required to adopt a new ordinance that mirrors that of the City of Clearwater.
Phone: (727) 462-6660
Fax: (727) 462-6349
IPP Sampler: The IPP staff uses automatic sampling equipment to gather
samples from industrial users and Wastewater Treatment Facilities.