Title: Industrial Waste Water Treatment Guidelines
This presentation will allow you to understand what your customer experiences when they discharge water from their facility to public domain.
Jim Collins, Business Development Manager
Brenntag Mid-South, Inc.
3111 North Post Road
Indianapolis, IN 46226
Bachelors Degree from Indiana State University – major in marketing – minor in economics
I have 40 years of experience in the industrial chemical industry. My duties include start up and trouble shooting of any industrial process that involves a chemical feed program. Once the process is up and running, I go back in and make the process run efficiently, trouble free, and at a minimal cost to the customer.
I am currently President of Indiana Industrial Operators Association, a Registered Industrial Waste Water Professional in Indiana, a Certified Electro Finisher, and I am on the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Branch of the National Association of Surface Finishers.
Manufacturing facilities in North America are more than ever responsible for the discharge of treated process water from their location that meets all federal, state and local guidelines. The waste water treatment process at the facility involves physical treatment, chemical treatment, regulatory awareness, as well as a staffing process that starts with a certified waste water operator and travels up to the senior management level of the facility.
Treated process water from an industrial facility is discharged to one of the following permitted facilities that are recognized by Federal Clean Water Act standards.
A) NPDES Points of Contact
National Pollution Discharge Elimination System - This is a location in the environment where industrial generated and treated process water becomes influent to the public environment. The most common location in the environment where industrial effluent becomes public influent is a river, stream, creek, reservoir or a combination of these. The manufacturing facility that discharges treated process water to an NPDES location will see and expect very tight parameters that pertain to pollutants that are recognized as toxins to aquatic life that exists within the receiving streams. NPDES locations can fall under both federal and/or state inspection and you typically do not see inspections from the local levels within the state. Pollutants of concern at both the state and federal levels include pH, RCRA metals, high levels of BOD, high levels of COD, turbidity and certainly any toxic pollutant that can cause mortality to the microorganisms within the stream that are deemed the start of life and a food source of the NPDES receiving stream.
B) POTW Point of Contact
Public Owned Treatment Works - This is a location within a city, state or province where treated process water becomes municipal influent and additional treatment of water occurs at this point. The manufacturing facility discharges waste water from two locations within the facility. The first location is the sanitary outfall. This is waste water generated from such functions as hand washing, drinking fountains and employee use of facilities that generate human waste. The second location is industrial outfall. This is the point where all water generated from the production of a finished good for sale must be discharged to the POTW. The water discharged at this point will fall under permit parameters that are generated from the Sewer Use Ordinance that is created by the utility board, superintendent of the POTW, as well as public input. The permit for discharge of treated process water will tell the manufacturing facility what physical waste water treatment plant must be installed. Does the facility need clarifiers, dissolved air flotation, oil-water separation, oxidization, pH adjustment? The permit parameters will also be a guide as to what type of qualifications your operator will need.
As members of the Association of Water Technologies, we must realize how important and relevent the waste water treatment process is to the customer base we serve. This presentation will give you an idea as to what the customer experiences and our need to assist them with any questions or products they may need in order that they achieve compliance with their permits.
I have a Bachelors Degree from Indiana State University with a major in marketing and a minor in economics. I have 40 years of experience in the industrial chemical industry. My duties include start up and trouble shooting of any industrial process that involves a chemical feed program. Once the process is up and running, I go back in and make the process run efficiently, trouble free, and at a minimal cost to the customer. I am currently President of Indiana Industrial Operators Association, a Registered Industrial Waste Water Professional in Indiana, a Certified Electro Finisher, and I am on the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Branch of the National Association of Surface Finishers.