The objective of the Town's Sewer Use Program is to prevent the introduction of pollutants that would interfere with the treatment plant’s operation, pass through the plant, and disrupt or destroy the aquatic life of the receiving waters, or adversely affect worker health and safety. The program meets this objective by continually evaluating the wastewater of new and existing facilities, issuing wastewater discharge permits, and monitoring permitted industries by regularly sampling wastewater discharge and conducting comprehensive facility inspections.
The program is mandated by state and federal regulation and monitors the discharge of residential and business waste into the sanitary sewer. The compliance of this program is managed by the Town's Environmental Compliance Officer as set forth in the Town's Sewer Use Regulations. When necessary, the officer initiates enforcement action to protect the wastewater treatment plant and the collection system from toxic or hazardous materials. Information regarding the Town's authority to establish, maintain and operate a sewage disposal system and issue violations and penalties can be found in the Town Code Chapter 34 UTILITIES and Sewer Use Regulations.
Wastewater treatment facilities are designed to treat domestic waste by physical, biological, and chemical processes. However businesses or industries often use heavy metals, chemicals, acids or other materials in their operations. In the sewer system, these materials have the potential to erode the sewer lines, produce explosive conditions, and interfere with the treatment facilities. The program focuses on reducing harmful pollutants discharged from industries to the publicly owned treatment works (POTW) that could interfere with the treatment process or pass through the treatment system. Local limits imposed by the program on industries ensure that the Town of Leesburg Water Pollution Control Facility meets the federally mandated discharge limits.
Protecting and improving the water quality and aquatic life in the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay is an ongoing commitment by the Department of Utilities.
National Pretreatment Program
The Clean Water Act of 1972 sought to restore and preserve our nation’s waterways by eliminating discharges of pollutants. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides further information at the Pretreatment Program Web site. For information on general pretreatment regulations, visit 40 CFR Part 403.
Although all non-domestic users are subject to Sewer Use regulations, most businesses will simply need to follow the requirement that they not discharge anything that adversely affects the sewer lines and treatment plant. However, those that are discharging significant amounts of waste may encounter the technical requirements of the program. EPA has developed certain criteria to determine Significant Industrial Users (SIUs). SIUs include those sources that (1) discharge on average 25,000 gallons of waste per day or more, (2) contribute a process waste stream making up 5 percent or more of the average dry weather hydraulic or organic loading capacity of a POTW, (3) have the potential to adversely impact the POTW’s treatment processes, or (4) are subject to Federal Categorical Standards. EPA defines certain processes as “categorical” in the Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR 405-471). These industries must follow federally mandated discharge limits and are known as Categorical Industrial Users (CIUs).
The Town of Leesburg’s Sewer Use Ordinance regulates all commercial facilities. More information on the Town's Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Program can be found here.
Inspection and Application Requirements
New and existing food service establishments and commercial facilities should contact the Town's Environmental Compliance Inspector at 703-737-7956 concerning the Sewer Use Ordinance or Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) requirements. All commercial facilities including food service establishments may be subject to annual inspections. Some establishments and facilities may be required to complete an application describing their type of industry, any wastewater pretreatment processes, wastewater discharge characteristics, and other specifications about their operations.
For a copy of the Fat-Free Sewers brochure, contact:
Environmental Compliance Inspector
1385 Russell Branch Parkway SE
Leesburg, VA 20175-4732