National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permitting & Maintenance
Mandated by Congress under the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) addresses the non-agricultural sources of stormwater discharges that adversely affect the quality of our nation's waters. The program uses the NPDES permitting mechanism to require the use of controls designed to prevent harmful pollutants from being washed away by stormwater runoff into local water bodies. Pasco County maintains an active NPDES permit for each water & wastewater treatment facility by regularly monitoring and maintaining our facilities as well as continuously updating our safety protocols.
Tier II Reporting
The Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) was created to protect communities from the health and environmental hazards associated with hazardous chemicals. Under Section 312 of the Act, regulated industries must file an annual Tier II report with the SERC, LEPC, and local fire department for hazardous and/or extremely hazardous substances stored, used, or manufactured on site for more than a 24 hour period at any time during the previous calendar year.
Sanitary Sewer Overflows & Unpermitted Discharge Reporting
Sanitary sewer systems collect and transport domestic, commercial, and industrial wastewater to treatment facilities for appropriate nutrient reduction, disinfection, and disposal. Sanitary sewer overflow events, or SSOs, are any overflow, spill, release, discharge or diversion of untreated flow streams from a sanitary sewer system. Unpermitted Discharges (UD) are considered as any release or discharge from a disinfection chamber located at a treatment facility, or reclaimed water discharge into a non-permitted area. Pasco County Utilities actively works to mitigate and prevent future SSO and UD events by practicing detailed reporting to regulatory agencies, continued education on efficient cleanup measures, keeping extensive records of the causes of SSO and UD events, and implementing mitigation measures to reduce frequency of future events. To report a sanitary sewer overflow, call Utilities Customer Information & Services at (727) 847-8131 or (727) 847-8144 for after-hours emergencies.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has made available to the public all Notices received to date as well as offering an e-mail subscription service for interested parties to be informed of Notices submitted for their area of interest. A link to view the public notices and sign up for an e-mail subscription can be found on their website.