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(3) Finally, discharges high in oil and grease content can result in clogs and backups in the City's sewer collection system, causing potential overflows of sewage on the ground and damage to city lines and pumping equipment. Discharges from restaurants and other facilities with high grease levels in their waste product can cause these types of problems.
Proper "pretreatment" of a waste stream before it is discharged to the City's sanitary sewer system prevents these problems.
Currently, there are approximately 25 Significant Industrial Users (SIUs) which discharge industrial wastewater into Shreveport's sanitary sewer system. Numerous restaurants also discharge their graywater into the sanitary sewer system.
Each of these users has a permit issued by the City which allows the discharge, provided that certain requirements are met (including regular monitoring, reporting, and proper operation of the pretreatment system).
Main Objectives of the City's Pretreatment Program
• Protect the city's wastewater treatment plants• Protect the health and safety of the workers at these facilities• Protect the sewer collection system• Prevent plant interference and pass through• Prevent non-compliance with the terms of the City's wastewater discharge permits • Protect receiving waters• Enhance bio-solids reuse and water reclamation
"Permitted" facilities are required to have tests run on their wastewater by independent labs at stated intervals and must report the results of the tests to the City.
The City of Shreveport Pretreatment staff visits the permitted businesses without warning from time to time to sample the wastewater being discharged. These samples are also tested to make sure the permit is not being violated.
The City's Pretreatment Staff is responsible for reporting monitoring results regularly to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.