Strategies for Small POTWs Handling High Strength Influent
This webinar covers noncompliance problems caused by pass-through or interference from industrial users that small POTWs may encounter and what they can do to protect their plants and personnel. In particular, the webinar provides a brief overview of high strength organic waste and explain strategies wastewater treatment plants handling such waste can take, including establishing technically defensible local limits and updating sewer use ordinances, to avoid system upsets that can lead to noncompliance. The presenters walk you through case studies on how small wastewater systems were able to overcome challenges stemming from dairy and brewery dischargers all in the context of the development of local limitations based on these industrial sectors.
Date of Recording: October 20, 2020 (1-2:30 pm Eastern)
- Justin (Jay) Pimpare works in the Municipal Assistance Unit and is the Regional Pretreatment Coordinator for the six states within EPA New England’s Regional Office. Jay oversees and coordinates all pretreatment activities throughout the region and has played an integral role in providing technical assistance to wastewater treatment plants related to emergency response and pretreatment program implementation issues. Prior to his position as Regional Pretreatment Coordinator, Jay was a multi-media investigator with EPA’s Investigations & Analysis Unit at EPA’s Regional Laboratory. Jay has been involved in the pretreatment program since joining EPA in 1993 and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Lowell, Massachusetts.
- Al Garcia - Previous to working at the EPA, Al worked at a local municipality and has significant experience providing regulatory control to industrial and commercial facilities, including sampling, inspections, permit writing, compliance evaluation and enforcement. Al was hired in 2008 as the Pretreatment Coordinator for EPA Region 8 where he currently amuses fellow co-workers with his taste in humor, music and fashion. Al has direct implementation of the Pretreatment program in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. He also oversees state authorized Pretreatment programs in Utah, North Dakota, and South Dakota as well as oversight of the Colorado NPDES permitting program.