Tag: wastewater


Five Mile Policy Incorporated as Regulation by KY Division of Water

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) prohibits discharges from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) within 5 miles upstream from any public water supply intake. DOW also prohibits a public water supply from being located within 5 miles downstream of a WWTP discharge. These two analogous, yet independent, prohibitions were previously known as the Five Mile Policy. […]


Wastewater Discharges from Wine Industry

Although Kentucky is most famous for bourbon, the wine industry has a growing presence in the Commonwealth and is gaining recognition internationally – in fact, a Western Kentucky winery won Winemaker of the Year at a recent international wine competition. According to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA), there are currently 70 wineries in Kentucky […]


Pretreatment Program – P2

As the name suggests, Pollution Prevention (P2) is the program/practice of reducing or eliminating the use of toxic substances at the source by modifying the production process which helps to reduce the amount of pollutants released into the environment. One objective of the Pretreatment Program is to promote recycling and reclamation of municipal, industrial wastewater […]


Peracetic Acid as a Wastewater Disinfectant Alternative

As a former KPDES permit writer who specialized in drafting municipal wastewater discharge permits, I have a good idea of the disinfectant technologies used at municipal wastewater treatment plants throughout Kentucky. The methods of disinfection I most often encountered were chlorine and ultraviolet (UV). Although these technologies have proven to be effective, the drawbacks of […]


Tis the reporting season!

Tis the semi-annual monitoring report season! Many facilities with KPDES general wastewater discharge permits and/or with air permits have semi -annual reports due on July 28 (DMRs) or July 30 (SAMRs). KPDES Discharge Monitoring Reporting (DMRs) for general industrial stormwater permit KYR00 have a semi-annual reporting deadline of January 28 and July 28. To help […]