Connecticut Wash Water Disposal Laws - Our Process
Connecticut Wash Water
- Our Process -
Connecticut General Statutes
Section 22a-430 of the Connecticut General Statutes
requires that after May 1. 1967, no person may initiate
a discharge to the waters of the state without first
obtaining a permit. Therefore, anyone who initiated such
a discharge after that date must apply for a permit. The
state will not allow penance for untreated discharges of
cleaning wastewater to surface streams, the ground
surface, or storm drains. Should you currently be
employing such a method of disposal you should
immediately terminate your activities and find an
alternative. acceptable means of disposal. Should we
determine that any person is practicing such disposal
methods we will institute appropriate legal actions for
fines and/or imprisonment.
Trans-Clean Corporation has worked along with the CT.
DEP to help establish regulations and develop
containment systems for the mobile truck washing
industry. However at Trans-Clean we realize we are
making a difference in protecting the environment.
Collecting the wash water generated on a customers site
is only the first stage of operating a complete vehicle
washing operation. Mobile fleet washing contractors must
then legally dispose of the wash water somewhere.
Transportation should also be noted here. Wash water
runoff generated in cosmetic vehicle cleaning operations
is legally transportable and not considered a hazardous
waste. Our custom service vehicles are equipped to carry
enough wash water to clean any size vehicle fleet in CT.
There are currently two legal means of wash water
disposal. The first, is for the fleet washing contractor
to transport it to a local sewage treatment facility.
The contractor must then pay a per gallon fee to
discharge of the wash water.
The other legal way to dispose of the wash water is to
transport it to a location that is state permitted with
an approved grit oil water separator unit, such as
Trans-Cleans' facility. Although it is an expensive and
long process to have an oil water separator system
installed, in the long run it allows us to provide our
customers with lower vehicle washing prices because we
do not incur the expense of discharging at a treatment
facility each time we collect wash water runoff.
Trans-Clean Drain Cover System
The two solutions we have instituted into our system
when a customer requests this method of cleaning are to
block off the drain with a component foam, or with a
drain blocking cover. The component foam method involves
spraying down the foam around the entire drain. The foam
then expands to a height of about four inches and
hardens, forming a completely sealed dam around the
drain. As the wash water flows to the drain, it is
unable to pass through the foam, and is easily vacuumed
up with our truck mounted vacuum system. The drain cover
method involves laying down a water filled bladder cover
over the entire drain. The heavy weight and design of
the cover provides a seal around the drain. All the wash
water generated puddles up and remains around the drain
cover while our vacuum system continuously reclaims it.
When used properly in the right situations, these
methods are completely legal and environmentally safe.
Our policy at Trans-Clean is simple. The proper method
of wash water containment and collection should always
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