About the Industrial Wastewater Management Program
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) regulates the discharge, treatment and storage of industrial wastewater to preserve and protect inland and coastal surface waters, groundwater, and sewer systems.
Industrial Wastewater Regulations
- Fact Sheet: Revised Sewer Regulations and Operation & Maintenance Regulations
Explanations of revisions promulgated in 2014 to streamline approval requirements for sewer extensions and sanitary and industrial wastewater sewer connections, and to make modifications to operation and maintenance requirements. May 2014.
- 310 CMR 71.00: Industrial Wastewater Regulations for Photo Processors and Printers
Performance standards and compliance certification standards for industrial-wastewater discharges from photo-processing and printing businesses.
- 310 CMR 72.00: Industrial Wastewater Standard for Dry Cleaners
Performance standards and compliance certification standards for industrial-wastewater discharges from dry-cleaning businesses.
- 314 CMR 7.00: Sewer System Extension & Connection Permit Program
This regulation governs sewer system connections and extensions to ensure proper operation of wastewater treatment facilities.
- 314 CMR 18.00: Industrial Wastewater Holding Tank and Container Construction, Operation, and Record-keeping Requirements
Construction, operation, and record-keeping requirements for industrial-wastewater holding tanks.
Policies & Guidance
- Environmental Compliance for Laboratories
Covers industrial wastewater, hazardous waste management and other requirements.
- Guidance: Documenting Compliance with Mercury Limits When Discharging Industrial Wastewater to Sewers
What facilities must do to demonstrate compliance with the limit of one part per billion (1ppb) of mercury in wastewater.
- Water Resources Policies & Guidance Documents
Documents interpreting MassDEP regulations and how to comply with them.
Industrial Wastewater/Holding Tanks Forms
- BRP WP 91, 92 - Permit for Industrial Sewer User
Specific industrial facilities that discharge wastewater to Publicly Owner Treatment Works (POTWs) need to obtain sewer connection permits. This permit replaces BWP IW 38, 39. June 2014.
- Sewer Connection Forms
Most facilities with specific Standard Industrial Classification (SIC Codes) and industrial wastewater discharges of 25,000 gallons per day or less to smaller treatment plants are required to submit certifications.
- Industrial Wastewater Holding Tanks
Owner/operators of holding tanks, mobile tanks and containers used for non-hazardous, non-sanitary wastewater need to file one-time certifications.
- Application for Industrial Wastewater Hauler Permit
MassDEP has provided this form for use by local Boards of Health if they choose to do so. Before using the form, check with your local Board of Health to make sure that they will accept it. July 2017.
- Industrial Wastewater Hauler Permit
MassDEP has provided this form for use by local Boards of Health if they choose to do so. July 2017.
- Dry Cleaners
Annual certification forms and instructions for dry cleaning facilities.
- Photo Processor Forms
Annual certification forms and instructions for photo processing facilities.
- Massachusetts Dairy Farm Milkhouse Wastewater Pilot Program
Pilot program that allows dairy farms to discharge wastewater from processing dairy products (such as milk, cheese, ice cream and yogurt) to vegetated areas where plants will treat the wastewater before it reaches ground water.
- Surface Water Discharge Permitting (NPDES)
The NPDES program controls water pollution by regulating point sources (e.g., manufacturing, construction sites) that discharge pollutants to surface waters.
- Emergency Planning and Preparedness Tips for WWTP and WTP Operators
This checklist provides operators and key staff members with information and advice on critical items that should be considered and checked to help you gauge your treatment plant's emergency preparedness status.
- Underground Injection Control
The Underground Injection Control Program protects groundwater sources by regulating the injection of fluids from drains and other underground outlets into these sources.