Industrial Pretreatment Program

The purpose of having a local pretreatment program connected to a wastewater treatment facility is to effectively implement the Federal and State pretreatment standards at the local level.  This prevents interference with the operation of the Authority's treatment facilities, prevents pass-through of pollutants in the treatment facilities to the waterways, protects the wastewater treatment facility’s workers, protects facility equipment/collection system infrastructure, and prevents the contamination of the facility’s biosolids. 

It is helpful to group industrial users according to a classification scheme. This scheme often includes such factors as type of industry, flow rate, and the character of their waste discharge. The scheme that the Authority uses is:

Group #1:  Major, or Significant Industrial Users, defined as those that meet any of the following criteria:

  • Are subject to categorical standards
  • Discharge a nondomestic wastestream of 25,000 gallons per day (0.025 mgd) or more
  • Contribute  5% or more of the average dry weather hydraulic or organic capacity of the WWTP
  • Have a reasonable potential, in the opinion of the WWTP supervisor, to adversely affect the treatment plant (inhibition, pass-through, sludge contamination, or endangerment of personnel).

These industries would be regulated individually by a discharge permit and have specific effluent limits placed upon their discharges.  They would also be monitored and inspected periodically to ensure compliance.

Group #2: Major Non-Significant Industrial Users and Commercial Users, defined as those that meet any one, or more, of the following criteria:

  • Are small industries and/or commercial users (auto repair shops, car washes, laundromats, etc.) whose discharges do not significantly impact the treatment system.
  • Discharge a nondomestic wastestream < 25,000 gpd.
  • Contribute < 5 % of the average dry weather hydraulic or organic capacity of the WWTP.

Industries that have the potential to discharge a nondomestic or process wastestream, but currently only discharge a sanitary wastestream may also be included in this grouping.  Industries in this group may be included in a general permit system and occasionally monitored and inspected to determine if their status has changed.

Group #3: Insignificant Industrial Users defined as those that:

  • Have been eliminated from further consideration.  They do not discharge to the collection system or else do not have any reasonable chance to discharge nondomestic waste stream to the POTW.

Discharge Permits

There are no permits at this time.


Please refer to Industrial Pretreatment Reports and Studies to view the latest newsletter.

Sewer Use Ordinance

The sewer use ordinance for Bedford County contains information concerning industrial user permitting, sampling, reporting requirements, and records retention requirements.

Questions about the Industrial Pretreatment Program?

Contact pretreatment@brwa.com or call Eric Rajaniemi at 540-586-7679  estension 105 for more information.

Bedford Regional Water Authority
1723 Falling Creek Road • Bedford • VA 24523

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