Pretreatment Program

Pretreatment Program

What is Pretreatment?

The term "pretreatment" means the treatment of wastewater by commercial and industrial facilities to remove harmful pollutants before being discharged to publicly owned treatment works (POTW).

National Pretreatment Program

As part of the 1972 Clean Water Act, the National Pretreatment Program published in Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 403, was established to protect POTWs and the waterways into which they discharge. The National Pretreatment Program is designed to protect POTW’s infrastructure, including the sanitary sewer collection and conveyance systems and the water reclamation facilities that ultimately treat the wastewaters.

The National Pretreatment Program’s main goals are:

• Protect the POTW from pollutants that may interfere with plant operation

• Prevent the introduction of pollutants into a POTW that will pass through the treatment works or otherwise be incompatible with it

• Improve opportunities for the POTW to recycle and reclaim wastewater and sludge that is generated

The National Pretreatment Program is a cooperative effort of federal, state, and local environmental regulatory agencies established to ensure the goals of the Program. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authorizes state pretreatment programs to approve local municipalities to conduct permitting, administrative, and enforcement tasks for discharges into POTWs. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) developed and adopted its Pretreatment Program under Chapter 62-625, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) to manage and regulate local Pretreatment Programs.

ECUA Pretreatment Program

The ECUA’s Pretreatment Program works to permit, manage, inspect, and monitor commercial and industrial wastewater discharges to the ECUA sanitary sewer. In addition, the Pretreatment Program is also responsible for enforcing applicable local, state, and federal discharge regulations. The purpose of ECUA’s Pretreatment Program is to help reinforce the goals of the National Pretreatment Program. ECUA is a local governmental body enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida under Chapter 2001-324, Laws of Florida, as amended, most notably by Chapter 2004-398, Laws of Florida (Changing ECUA’s name to its current form). This body, also referred to as the Authority, is an independent special district. Enforcement of program goals is implemented through an approved Sewer Use Ordinance (SUO), otherwise known as Chapter 26 of the ECUA code.

Pretreatment standards are applied to individual industrial and commercial users by ordinance, permit, and/or the use of best management practices. Permitted industries include but are not limited to industrial users who discharge more than 25,000 gallons of wastewater per day, industrial users who are classified as Categorical Industrial Users (i.e. industrial users subject to federal categorical pretreatment standards), and industrial users who have a reasonable potential for adversely affecting ECUA’s sanitary sewer system and/or any of the three water reclamation facilities - Central Water Reclamation Facility, Bayou Marcus Water Reclamation Facility, and the Pensacola Beach Water Reclamation Facility.

Getting Started

Contact Us:

Emerald Coast Utilities Authority
Pretreatment Department
P.O. Box 17089 I Pensacola, FL. 32522-7089 I Web:
Phone: (850) 969-3344 I Fax: (850) 969-3353

(850) 476-0480Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5pm
(850) 476-5110Emergency After Hours
or by writing to the ECUA at9255 Sturdevant Street Pensacola, FL 32514