The Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP) works with all commercial facilities in the City of Bend to protect public health, water quality and public infrastructure. The IPP has been approved by Oregon DEQ to act as the control authority for the National Pretreatment Standards as outlined in the Federal Clean Water Act.
The City of Bend Sewer Use Ordinance along with federal and state statutes, clearly outlines the criteria for issuing permits for wastewater discharge from industrial facilities. Facilities may require a discharge permit if their facility performs any processes considered “categorical” by federal statutes, has a discharge greater than 25,000 gallons of wastewater per day or poses a risk to wastewater infrastructure or public health as determined by the City.
The IPP continues performs inspections, surveys and sampling to ensure that pollutant and wastewater loading remains in an acceptable range for City infrastructure capacity. This includes annual reporting to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and periodic re-evaluation of City wastewater capacity for domestic and commercial users.
The City will utilize the same legal statutes it has in place for the mandated program to regulate non-significant and non-categorical discharges into the public sewer system. 40 CFR 403.8(f)(1) requires the City to adopt legal enforcement authority to ensure that the aspects of the mandated pretreatment program requirements, as defined in sections 307(b) and (c), and 402(b)(8) of the Act, can be undertaken. The City has specific legislative powers placed upon it under Oregon Revised Statutes.