Industrial Pretreatment Program

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The City’s Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) collects waste water from homes, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities and transports it via underground piping,known as a waste water collection system, then to the treatment plant. Here, the WRF removes harmful organisms and other contaminants from the waste water so it can be discharged safely into a receiving stream. Generally, Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) are designed to treat domestic waste water only.

POTWs also receive waste water from industrial users. The General Pretreatment Regulations establish responsibilities of federal, state, local governments, industry and the public to implement Pretreatment Standards to control pollutants from the industrial users, which may pass through or interfere with POTW treatment processes, or which may contaminate waste water sludge.


Pretreatment is the removal, reduction, or alteration of pollutants in industrial waste water prior to discharge or introduction into a POTW. Metal finishing and related operations are a common source of industrial waste water in Florida, which typically requires treatment prior to discharge to a waste water facility.

When a Pretreatment Program Is Required

In general, a pretreatment program may be required if the Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) receives discharge fromSignificant Industrial Users and the WRF discharges to either surface waters of the State or various reuse systems in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 62-610, F.A.C.

The Goals of a Pretreatment Program

  • To prevent the introduction of pollutants into the WRF that will cause interference with its operation
  • To prevent the introduction of pollutants into the WRF that will pass through the waste water facility, inadequately treated, into waters of the State
  • To provide protection for both public health and welfare and WRF workers
  • To promote beneficial reuse and recycling of domestic waste water and residuals from the WRF
Industrial Users subject to categorical pretreatment standards; (2) An Industrial User that discharges an average of 25,000 GPD or more of process waste water (excluding domestic waste water, noncontact cooling and boiler blow down waste water); contributes a process waste stream which makes up 5% or more of the average dry weather hydraulic or organic capacity of the treatment plant; or is designated as such by the FDEP on the basis that the Industrial User has a reasonable potential for adversely affecting the WRF’s operation or for violating any pretreatment standard or requirement.

Grease Management Program

In addition to the major responsibilities of Industrial Pretreatment, this section also manages a Grease Management Program. Find out more about the Grease Management Program and its responsibilities for both the public and business owners.

The Water Reclamation Facility is located at 1500 west Victoria Street. View more information on the waste water plant.

Maintenance of Your Private Lift Station

Please contact the City’s Industrial Pretreatment Section (813-659-4298 X 4902) to register your private lift station and for any questions that you might have on how to be a part of the “solution to pollution” in our community.

Lift Station Maintenance pamphlet