Industrial Pretreatment Westbrook-Gorham
Industries in the Westbrook-Gorham IPT program are connected to the City of Westbrook’s or the Town of Gorham’s sewer collection system and the wastewater they generate is treated at the Westbrook-Gorham Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility. In addition, the Little Falls area in the Town of Windham, as well as a small section of the City of Portland drains to the Westbrook collection system. Any industries located in these areas are permitted under the Westbrook-Gorham Industrial Pretreatment Program. For more information on the inter-municipal region go here. The Westbrook-Gorham Industrial Pretreatment Program is funded by a monthly fee paid by permitted industrial customers. Please explore the following links for more information on the Westbrook IPT program:
PWD IPT staff issue permits to industrial customers of the wastewater system in Westbrook, Gorham and part of Windham. As of the end of 2018 there were 14 permitted industries in the program. Industries are permitted when they meet one or more of the following conditions:
- Discharge an average of 25,000 gallons or more of process wastewater per day
- Discharge a process waste stream making up 5% or more of the average dry weather flow (or load) to the treatment plant
- Subject to Federal Categorical Standards
- Have reasonable potential to impact or affect the treatment plant or collection system, or reasonable potential to violate a pretreatment standard
Industrial customers are issued one of two different types of permit based on the types of activities they are performing. Permit types include:
- Renewed every three years
- Conduct self-monitoring on a regular basis
- Submit discharge reports on a routine basis (monthly, quarterly, or semi-annually depending on wastewater characteristics)
Best Management Practice (BMP) Permit
- Renewed every three years
- Not required to conduct self-monitoring
- Submit BMP certifications semi-annually
Permitted industries (as of January 31, 2019):
D&G Machine BMP
Maine Correctional Center
MEGA Industries BMP
Maine Medical Center Laundry
Schlotterbeck and Foss
Southern Maine Specialties
|Parameter||Discharge Limit, Daily Maximum|
|Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD)||*|
|Total Suspended Solids (TSS)||*|
|Total Oil and Grease||100 mg/L|
|Non-Polar Oil and Grease (Hydrocarbon)||Not Applicable|
Westbrook Ordinance (Chapter 26 & 27 apply to sewers and industrial pretreatment)
pH must be greater than 5.0 standard units and have a caustic alkalinity less than 1000 mg/L. Any pH result above 10.3 standard units must be accompanied by a result for caustic (hydroxide) alkalinity from the same sample. pH above 12.5 standard units is prohibited and considered hazardous waste.
*Industrial Users permitted in the Industrial Pretreatment Program and discharging effluent which exceeds a de minimis level of BOD and/or TSS are individually allocated a pounds per day limit for these parameters. The de minimis levels are as follows: Westbrook: 250 mg/L and/or 375 lbs/day for BOD and 300 mg/L and or 425 lbs/day for TSS.
The Control Authority (PWD) reserves the right to permit users based on their potential to discharge high strength BOD and/or TSS waste. Industrial Users who are permitted for BOD and TSS must report a certified discharge flow number with each monitoring event.
NOTE: the City of Westbrook may have adopted other prohibitions and limitations in their respective rules or ordinances. Please refer to the City’s ordinances for more information.