Water Treatment Plant General Permit
Water treatment plants produce drinking water for public consumption or "industrial water" for manufacturing or other business operations.
Treatment often involves some combinations of:
The Washington Department of Health is responsible for ensuring that the hundreds of local public drinking water facilities in the state provide drinking water that is safe and reliable.
Water treatment plant operations often also produce wastewater that they must dispose of safely. In accordance with the federal Water Pollution Control Act and state Water Pollution Control laws, the Department of Ecology helps to ensure that the disposal of these wastewaters causes no harm to the environment.
Ecology requires facilities that produce the majority of that wastewater to have an NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit. NPDES permits contain specific requirements and conditions for permittees to protect rivers and other water bodies that receive wastewater discharges.
Why is this a general permit?
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