Pollution Prevention Program
The Pollution Prevention Program (PPP) focuses commercial and industrial dischargers not regulated under the Industrial Pretreatment Program but whose wastewater discharges have the potential to adversely impact the operation and performance of the City's Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) or wastewater collection system. Regulated businesses are divided into three major groups: businesses of concern, food service businesses, and automotive related businesses.
Businesses of Concern
Businesses of concern are commercial businesses that have the potential to cause problems for the WPCF or the collection system. The City also uses this classification to permit and monitor businesses because of complaints or chronic collection system maintenance problems.
Food Service Businesses
The intention of permitting food service businesses is to reduce the amount of fats, oil and grease (FOG) entering the sanitary sewer system from food preparation and clean-up. At many food service businesses, oil and grease that was once poured down sanitary drains is now recycled or disposed of as solid waste.
Automotive Related Businesses
The intention of regulating automotive related businesses is to reduce or eliminate the introduction of solvents, oils and other hazardous waste fluids related to automotive repair and service to the sanitary sewer system. PPP staff also works with automotive related businesses on proper storage and management of hazardous wastes.
Public Education & Outreach
Public education and outreach to our residential customers is also a major focus of the Pollution Prevention Program. Our goal is to teach our customers to avoid practices that can lead to sanitary sewer overflows, which are costly and time-consuming to clean up and have the potential to cause serious environmental damage.