The primary function of Golden’s Industrial Waste Pretreatment Program is to prevent the introduction of pollutants into the sanitary sewer system that could interfere with the operation of the wastewater treatment plant, cause damage to the sewer system, or pass through the treatment plant to Clear Creek. Regulation of businesses and industries through this program ensures the protection of the environment and the safety of wastewater treatment personnel, as well as the local community.
The Industrial Waste Pretreatment Program:
- Monitors and assists local businesses and industries for compliance
- Administers pretreatment discharge permits
- Provides education regarding best management practices, pollution prevention and waste minimization
- Responds to illicit discharges to the sanitary sewer system
Permits, Forms and Brochures
Business/Industrial Waste Questionnaire (pdf)
The Pretreatment Program requires that all commercial and industrial businesses fill out this questionnaire.
Grease Control Questionnaire (pdf)
Designed for Restaurants, Cafeterias, and Fast Food Services.
Silver/Mercury Questionnaire (pdf)
Must be completed by various businesses
Pretreatment Permit Application (pdf)
Information will be used to determine if a wastewater discharge permit is required for your facility.
Silver/Mercury Fact Sheet (pdf)
Important information regarding silver and mercury
Grease Brochure (pdf)
Information about fats, oils and grease
Compliance Bulletin (pdf)
Information about photographic, x-ray and dental wastes
2010 – New State and EPA Guidelines for Control of Mercury Wastes
Golden’s wastewater program currently implements a voluntary mercury waste control program emphasizing responsible good housekeeping practices for those businesses that use mercury containing products. In September 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency drafted new guidance that will require local pretreatment programs to require and enforce “Best Management Practices” as a means to control mercury wastes to the sanitary sewer system. Specifically, these “BMPs” will be a requirement of local dentist and orthodontic offices in Golden. Concurrently, the American Dental Association has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the voluntary installation and use of mercury amalgam separators in member establishments.
Mercury Sources of Pollution
Learn more about the sources of mercury pollution
EPA Mercury Control
To learn more about the EPA proposal to control mercury discharges from dental facilities