King County Industrial Waste Program Updates for 2016
General Authorization for Construction Dewatering
Water from construction sites may be sent into the sewer only if authorized by the King County Industrial Waste Program (KCIW) and the local sewer agency. King County has a new, simpler General Authorization process for small construction projects. King County estimates this process will save 400 hours per year in staff time.
The general process is easier for KCIW, local agencies, and contractors. It uses a shorter application that requires no exhibits. There are minimal monitoring and no reporting requirements to KCIW. It offers a quicker turn-around and lower cost. There are five steps to get a general authorization from KCIW:
Confirm local sewer agency accepts construction water
Select KCIW process: General or Individual
Download and complete KCIW application
Submit signed application to KCIW
Contact local sewer agency to get a connection
The new system will be launched in the first quarter of 2016, after the local agency workshop.
Industrial User Survey
In the first quarter of 2016, businesses in your service area will begin receiving letters from King County with an online survey about their organization’s wastewater. All companies are required to complete the survey.
All companies must dispose of their wastewater properly. But, only some need permits or formal authorization to send industrial wastewater to the sewer. KCIW is required to inventory thousands of businesses in King County’s service area. Up to 50,000 businesses will receive surveys. Information about the survey is available at www.kingcounty.gov/IndustrialWaste.
Local agencies collect fees and sewer rates from businesses, so it’s important that you know KCIW is working on two significant changes to its fee structure.
The surcharge fee that businesses pay for high-strength waste will be updated over four years, beginning in July 2016. High-strength waste comes from some food and beverage processing and other activities like airport deicing. Even with the planned changes, King County’s fee will remain lower than comparable agencies on the West Coast.
A separate project is underway to develop recommendations for updating the system for determining KCIW’s fees for compliance monitoring
To be eligible for a General Authorization for Construction Dewatering, construction sites must:
•Discharge less than 25,000 gallons per day
•Have no contamination
•Be less than one acre
•Have an approved sedimentation tank
*Other projects still need Individual Authorization