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The Broward County Office of Environmental Services Utility Compliance and Monitoring Section is responsible for administering the (IPP) Industrial Pretreatment Program for the (NRWWTP) North Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant. In an effort to improve the quality of the water received at the plant while reducing monitoring costs, a Pollution Prevention approach has been utilized with good success.

The (BCIPP) Broward County Industrial Pretreatment Program has benefited from its association with the County's (P2) Pollution Prevention program, which is administered in the Broward County Department of Planning and Environmental Protection; through a partnership in support of helping other county facilities achieve compliance with Pretreatment Standards. Problematic facility effluent pollutants were traced back to unit processes through investigation. This effort enabled IPP staff to recommend process changes in lieu of expensive effluent pretreatment equipment and monitoring. Key areas include:

mop water impacts

floor drain issues

facility housekeeping practices review

Since the NRWWTP disposes wastewater effluent through a permitted Atlantic Ocean outfall, Class III Marine standards must be met. Silver, a problem pollutant for (WWTP)'s Wastewater Treatment Plant generally passes through a typical WWTP in the liquids process. Parts per billion (ppb) WWTP effluent limits of silver are of great concern for the IPP staff. Following the lead from National photographic equipment manufacturers, the Silver Coalition developed their Code of Management Practice for Silver Dischargers, which was applied to one hour photo processors by BCIPP staff successfully. This resulted in monitoring cost savings by the BCIPP and the photo processors since permits and testing requirements were eliminated, if the (BMPs) Best Management Practices were adhered to and waste minimization practices were understood and followed.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2003

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