Pretreatment – how & why


Federal and State Regulations require that wastewater operations work together with their industrial and commercial customers and develop pretreatment programs. The objective of a pretreatment program is to protect the sewer system and publicly owned treatment works (POTW) from pollutants that may be discharged by local industrial and commercial users. These pollutants could potentially upset the wastewater treatment plant resulting in lower quality treatment and therefore greater levels of pollutants being discharged into the environment.

This “Pretreatment – how & why” workshop will explain where these requirements originate, where the appropriate state regulations can be found, and which agencies you will be working with when developing and implementing a pretreatment program. We will also discuss what you would need to address in your own pretreament program and explore the common problems (FOG, corrosive waste, high levels of priority pollutants, etc.) POTWs encounter with industrial dischargers.

We encourage all workshop attendees to bring copies of their pretreatment programs and / or ordinances to the class so we can better answer your questions.


This “Pretreatment – how & why” workshop will provide you with an essential understanding of how pretreatment programs work and how they can protect your wastewater operation and infrastructure.