The Greater Cleveland area is home to a large industrial and commercial user base. The District has many programs which involve and benefit the industrial and commercial user communities. The District's Water Quality and Industrial Surveillance (WQIS) department administers the programs described below.
Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP)
The District was granted the authority by the EPA to regulate industrial discharges to the sanitary and combined sewer systems through an approved Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP). All industrial users in the District's service area are required to comply with the District's discharge regulations, as well as any Federal or State discharge regulations. District investigators conduct routine inspections at industrial facilities to ensure that facilities are in compliance and are not discharging harmful pollutants into the sewer system.
In an effort to reduce the amount of mercury entering wastewater, the District has developed a Mercury Pollutant Minimization Program. The Mercury Program addresses both domestic (residential) sources of mercury and industrial sources of mercury. Preventing mercury pollution at the source gives the District the greatest opportunity to comply with its Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permits.
Sewer Service Charges Based On Usage of the System (SSCBOUTS)
Premises connected to the sewer system whose billings demonstrate total annual water billed as sewage in excess of 50 MCF shall be eligible for consideration for in the Sewer Service Charges Based On Usage of The System (SSCBOUTS) program; except, however, in the case of any premises listed as one account for billing purposes but consisting of two or more residential, commercial, retail or industrial units, the total annual MCF of water billed as sewage shall be divided by the total number of units, and only where the total annual water billed as sewage is in excess of 50 MCF per unit shall such premises be eligible for consideration in the SSCBOUTS program. To apply for the SSCBOUTS program, please contact our Water Quality & Industrial Surveillance Department at (216) 641-6000.
Some wastewater discharges can have a high concentration of Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) and Total Suspended Solids (TSS). These discharges are considered to be "high strength" and the District incurs addition expense for their treatment. Users of the system that have a "high strength" discharge are required to pay a surcharge for the additional cost realized by the District.
The amount of the surcharge is determined using a rate formula that takes into consideration the concentration of these "high strength" pollutants. The concentrations are determined by sampling and laboratory analysis conducted by the District. The rate formulas required to calculate a surcharge can be found in the District's Code of Regulations.
Temporary Discharge Permits
Temporary discharges may be associated with some type of facility or site cleanup, or one-time emergency discharge due to unusual or short-term circumstances, or discharges from a pilot project or test facility. The type of pollutants found in temporary discharges may be quite variable due to the differences in projects. Also, flow rates could be quite different depending on the size of the project. The District will issue a Temporary Discharge Permit allowing a discharge such as this to the sewer system. All temporary discharges must comply with the District's Code of Regulations and are subject to user charges. To obtain a Temporary Discharge Permit, please contact the Water Quality & Industrial Surveillance Department at (216) 641-6000.
In situations where none of the water supplied through a particular billing account returns to the public sewer system, the owner of the account may apply for Non-Discharge/Non-User Status. If the account qualifies, it will be removed from sewer billing. To apply for Non-Discharge/Non-User Status, please contact the Water Quality & Industrial Surveillance Department at (216) 641-6000.