Wastewater Management

  • The DEQ has the responsibility to protect the public health and the environment by ensuring wastewater is properly handled and treated safely. This is achieved through a series of programs that provide:

    • engineering reviews of public wastewater infrastructure projects (Wastewater Construction Permits);
    • licensing of treatment plant operators (Operator Training and Certification);
    • licensing of septage haulers and approval of receiving stations and land application (Septage regulation);
    • the control of industrial pollutants into publicly owned treatment works (Industrial Pretreatment Program); and,
    • the encouragement of the beneficial reuse of wastewater treatment plant residuals (Biosolids Program).