Industrial Pretreatment Program
The Industrial Pretreatment Section regulates the discharge of wastes into the sanitary sewer system in order to protect the City wastewater facilities, employee health and to prevent the discharge of hazardous substances that would pass through the treatment process to the environment. In 1992 the City of Tallahassee adopted the Sewer Use Ordinance (pdf). In 2007 the ordinance was updated for compliance to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Requirements.
Tallahassee Code Sections Sections 21-346 through 21-381, and the Sewer Use Policy prohibit the discharge of certain substances and establish acceptable discharge limitations for others. They also provide a framework for an Industrial Pretreatment Program that uses site inspections and discharge analysis as the basis for achieving compliance. The discharge requirements are applicable to both residential and industrial customers. Industrial users (businesses) are routinely inspected. Download the entire Sewer Use Manual (pdf) or obtain a hard copy from the Industrial Pretreatment Office at 3805-A Springhill Rd.
The following business activities are of primary interest to us:
- Dry Cleaning
- Food Service
- Photo Processing & Printing
- Commercial Vehicle Wash Facilities
- Metal Plating & Coating Facilities
- Commercial Laundries
- Dental & Other Health Facilities
If you have questions or need further information contact:
Water Quality Division
Industrial Pretreatment Section
4505-A Springhill Road, Tallahassee, FL 32310
Phone: 891.4YOU (4968) | Fax: 891.1062 | TDD: 711