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Pretreatment Program



Lee County Utilities has developed an Industrial Pretreatment Program. This program was approved by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on May 16, 2006.  Industrial Pretreatment involves the removal, reduction, or alteration of pollutants in industrial wastewater prior to discharge into a domestic wastewater collection system for processing at a Wastewater Facility (WWF).

Lee County Utilities Industrial Pretreatment program has the following set of goals:

  • To prevent the introduction of pollutants into the WWF that will cause interference with its operation;
  • To prevent the introduction of pollutants into the WWF that will pass through the WWF, inadequately treated, into waters of the State;
  • To provide protection for both public health and welfare and WWF workers; and
  • To promote beneficial reuse and recycling of domestic wastewater and residuals from WWF.

In an effort to insure that all nonresidential establishments are in compliance with Local and State regulations pertaining to Industrial Pretreatment, a Small Business Waste Survey has been developed to screen potential industrial users.  (This form can be down loaded by clicking on the link above.)  This form is distributed when a new user requests a potable water meter and when new development commences. Once this form has been completed, it is reviewed to determine whether the new user will likely introduce pollutants, which have the potential for interference or pass through, into Lee County Utilities Wastewater Collection System.

Industrial Users who are determined to have the potential to cause pass through or interference are then permitted in accordance with Lee County Ordinance 05-26.  This permitting is handled on a case by case basis depending on the Industrial Users' processes and the types of releases that are possible.  There are three types of permits including: 1) Categorical Industrial User, a designation assigned by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for certain "high risk" industries known to present the danger of pass through and interference; 2) Significant Industrial User, assigned to local industries not covered by the categorical designation but still having a high potential to impact the WWF; and 3) Miscellaneous Industrial User, a designation assigned to a user not likely to impact the WWF but requiring monitoring due to the types of wastewater potentially released. 

Not all waste collected by the Lee County Utilities Wastewater Collection System is treated by County WWFs. A portion of the collected waste is transmitted to WWF owned and operated by the City of Fort Myers, which is financed partially by Lee County Utilities. The City of Fort Myers also has a state-approved Industrial Pretreatment Program. For this reason, representatives of the City of Fort Myers may inspect potential industrial users whose waste is to be processed by City of Fort Myers WWF. 

For more information, contact:
Payne M. Moore
Industrial Pretreatment Superintendent
Phone:  (239) 533-8571