From July 27 through August 14, the staff of the Batesburg-Leesville Waste Water Treatment Plant conducted their Annual Industrial Pre-treatment Program for several local businesses: Berwick-Offray, Columbia Farms Hatchery, and J.B. Martin.
The Industrial Pre-treatment Program is designed to control the introduction of pollutants into the Town's wastewater treatment facility. Any business discharging pollutants into a receiving stream must be permitted by either the Environmental Protection Agency or South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. The pretreatment program allows industries to discharge into a publicly owned treatment facility while using the Town's permit and eliminating the possibility of accidental discharges by local industries and businesses.
Every business that takes part in the pretreatment program is inspected annually by Town staff to ensure that all requirements are being met. The Wastewater Treatment Plant staff has the authority to enforce the standards to any business failing to meet the permit requirements. Since the late 1980's, the Town of Batesburg-Leesville has administered a Wastewater Pre-treatment Program. The Batesburg-Leesville Public Works provides water & sewer services to a population of more than 5,600 residents and businesses.
Tim Schumpert, Director of Utilities, for the Town of Batesburg-Leesville states, "A quality pre-treatment program is attractive to both the Town and to new industries looking to move into the Town. The program allows industries to avoid the expensive waste elimination process and stringent discharge limits." Shumpert works closely with Angela Adkins, Wastewater Superintendent and Industrial Pre-treatment Program Coordinator.
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