Wastewater discharge permits are issued to industrial sewer users that are designated by federal regulations (categorical industrial users), industries that have a large potential impact on the treatment system, and industries with high flow or organic loading. These permitted industries are monitored for compliance with permit limits, and to determine sewer billing under the industrial sewer rate. Albany’s current permitted industrial users include, food processors, pharmaceutical manufacturing, titanium casting, metal finishing, research laboratories, resin manufactures, and craft fermented beverages to name a few.
The following business categories may generate process wastewater that could affect the wastewater treatment system, or store chemicals that could be of concern if spilled or discharged improperly, BUT MAY NOT REQUIRE A PERMIT IF THE FOLLOWING BMPs are implemented. Best Management Practices (BMPs) or guidelines are listed for each business category. BMPs are actions designed to help reduce the amount of pollutants discharged to the environment by improving overall waste management practices and to comply with environmental regulations.
- Automotive repair, including radiator and body shops
- Cannabis Industries
- Dental Offices
- Restaurants and food preparation facilities
- Food Carts
- Paint Waste
- Printing Operations
- Dry cleaners
- Vehicle washing, including mobile wash operations
- Hospitals and medical clinics
- Mobile carpet cleaners
- Industrial laundry
- Grocery stores
- Storage and warehouse
Other categories, even residences, can discharge chemicals or grease improperly that can adversely affect the wastewater collection or treatment system.
If you have questions about your business or home use of chemicals and their discharge to the sanitary sewer system, please contact the Environmental Services division:
or call 541-917-7600