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    Sewer Programs

    Recreational Vehicles

    Recreational vehicles may empty and clean their wastewater holding tanks at the Lynchburg Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant at 2301 Concord Turnpike. Non-potable water is available for washing out the tank and there is no charge for this service.  Non-potable water may not be left in any tanks.


    Septage Haulers

    Septage from septic tanks, which is pumped and hauled by local haulers, can be disposed of at the Lynchburg Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) at 2301 Concord Turnpike. All haulers that dispose of septage at the WWTP must have a permit issued by the City of Lynchburg’s Department of Water Resources. Non-potable water is available for washing down the truck. Information on obtaining a permit and the associated disposal fees may be obtained by calling an Industrial Monitoring Coordinator at 434-455-6240.

    • For users hauling only Household Septic Tank, Porta John waste: Submit a copy of a valid Virginia Department of Health permit of each Truck/Trailer, and a completed Truck Hauled Waste Permit Application
    • For users hauling Industrial, Leachate, Food Products, Treatment Facilities, or other waste types, prior approval is required before acceptance of each waste generator.  Only Haulers with a valid LRWWTP THW permit may be used to transport waste.
    • Contract Hauled Waste Disposal Application Additional information may be required to grant approval.

    Restaurant Grease

    Restaurant grease traps, which are pumped and hauled by local haulers, can be disposed of at the Lynchburg Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) at 2301 Concord Turnpike. All haulers that dispose of restaurant grease at the WWTP must have a permit issued by the City of Lynchburg’s Department of Water Resources. Information on obtaining a permit and the associated disposal fees may be obtained by calling an Industrial Monitoring Coordinator at 434-455-6240.

    Submit a copy of a valid Virginia Department of Health permit of each Truck/Trailer and a completed Truck Hauled Waste Permit Application.


    Fats, Oils, and Grease

    The City of Lynchburg is in the process of developing a program to address fats, oils and grease from food establishments. These products will cling to the walls of sewers and eventually cause blockages and subsequent overflows. Any new food establishment being proposed will be required to install an exterior grease interceptor. Existing establishments being either enlarged or converted to food establishments should also install an exterior grease interceptor. For information on this developing program, you may contact an Industrial Monitoring Coordinator at 434-455-6240.

    Preventing Sewer Backups at Your Business:
    If your business discharges fats, oils, or grease (FOG) you are required by the City of Lynchburg to pretreat the discharges containing these materials. Controlling grease discharges makes good business sense. A grease blockage can shut a business down for several days and cost thousands of dollars in lost profits and cleanup expenses. A little preventative maintenance will help ensure that you are in compliance with City Code and avoid this costly problem.
     
    Recommended Maintenance Schedule:
    Grease Traps may require inspection and/or cleaning weekly depending on the amount of grease entering the drains. If the establishment is cleaning the interceptor too often, the owner should consider modifying employee procedures to reduce the amount of FOG entering the drain or install a larger interceptor.
    Gravity Grease Interceptors (larger concrete tanks) may require inspection and cleaning quarterly.
     
    Criteria for Inspecting Grease Interceptor:
    All food service establishments suspected of causing problems to the collection system may be inspected and subject to fines. City of Lynchburg uses the following criteria for grease trap inspections:
    25% Loading 25% - 50% Loading Greater than 50% Loading
    Good Cleaning Required, Verbal Warning Poor: Immediate Cleaning Required, Violation
     
     
    Proper Maintenance Procedure for an Interior Grease Interceptor less than 100 gallons:
    1. Open trap and skim floating material into a garbage bag (Note floating material depth). Bail out water to facilitate cleaning. This water can go back in the trap when cleaning is completed.
    2. Remove baffle(s) if possible and then remove the accumulated grease and solids out of the trap or interceptor and deposit them into the same garbage bag. Note depth of accumulated grease and solids. 
    3. Scrape the sides, the lid, and the baffles inside the trap to remove as much attached grease as possible and deposit the grease into the same garbage bag 
    4. If self-cleaning, contact a hauler/recycler to collect the grease or properly dispose of it into a dumpster. 
    5. Replace the baffle(s) and fill the trap with water. Replace the lid. 
    6. Record maintenance performed on the attached Maintenance Log, including the volume of grease if possible. 
     
     
    Proper Maintenance Procedure for an Exterior Grease Interceptor:
    1. Keep an extra gasket on site for your grease trap/interceptor’s lid to prevent leaks and odors in the event of a gasket failure.
    2. It is recommended that a professional service be used to ensure proper maintenance for Exterior Grease Interceptors.
    3. Facilities experiencing high employee turnover or other factors making regular trap/interceptor maintenance difficult should consider using a professional service.
    4. When contracting with a grease pumper service, it is in your best interest to find out how the contractor will dispose of the waste. Obtain references from other businesses that use their services. Witness all grease interceptor cleaning and maintenance to ensure you are getting value for the cost of cleaning the grease interceptor. To properly clean the interceptor the entire contents must be removed, which includes the scraping of the walls, floor, baffles and pipework. The return of gray water back into the interceptor is strictly prohibited.
     
     
    Prevent Grease from Entering Storm Drains:
    1. Cover outdoor grease storage containers so that they do not collect rainwater.  Rainwater can carry grease and eventually reach the stormwater system.
    2. Locate grease storage containers away from storm drain catch basins.
    3. Use absorbent pads or other material to clean up spills in the dumpster area and dispose of through solid waste procedures.
    4. Do not clean equipment outdoors since water can flow to the gutter, storm drain or street. 
     

     


    Industrial Pretreatment Program

    This program is required by both Federal (40 CFR 403) and state (9VAC25-31-10 et seq.) regulations for various publicly-owned wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), the Lynchburg Regional WWTP being one. The program is designed to prevent treatment works upset, pass through of the treatment system and protection of sludge quality through the regulation of significant industrial facilities, including categorical industries, which discharge into the sanitary sewer system. Industrial facilities coming under the regulations must apply for and receive a permit from the City of Lynchburg’s Department of Water Resources. Information on obtaining a permit may be obtained by calling an Industrial Monitoring Coordinator at 434-455-6240.

    Below are the City of Lynchburg's City Ordinance and Regulations and Practices documents for your use.

     
    Additional information on the pretreatment program can also be obtained by going to either the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s web site at www.epa.gov or the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s web site at www.deq.virginia.gov and searching for either the program or the specific agency’s regulation.

    Dental Offices:

    Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Dental Category requires that all dental facility waters likely to come into contact with amalgam waste must be treated prior to discharge by an amalgam separator. The amalgam separator must be ISO 11143 compliant. If the discharge is to a Public Owned Treatment Works (POTW), written notification must be provided to the appropriate POTW. The Lynchburg Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant is the POTW that serves the City of Lynchburg as well as the surrounding counties of Amherst, Bedford, and Campbell. Facilities discharging to public sewers within the area served by the Lynchburg Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant will be required to report compliance to the City of Lynchburg Water Resources Industrial Pretreatment Program.This form is intended to provide a consistent format for dental offices to satisfy this one-time reporting requirement. Follow-up reporting by dentists is only required when new separators are placed in service or the dental office changes ownership. Dental offices may complete and submit a copy of this form to satisfy the reporting requirement. Due Dates: Installation and operation of an ISO 11143 compliant dental amalgam separator must take place NO LATER than July 14, 2020, 3 years from the date of publication of this rule, July 14, 2017. If a dental amalgam separator is currently in use but does not meet ISO 11143 compliance than the amalgam separator may remain in use until July 14, 2027, 10 years after the date of publication or until the separator is replaced.

    Sewer Bill Adjustment Program

    The Sewer Bill Adjustment program was established for industrial and commercial customers who would like to receive relief on their sewer bill for water used that does not return to the sewer system for treatment.  There are two methods for relief - Annual or Monthly.  Each method carries its own requirements and relief rates. For more information on the Sewer Bill Adjustment Program and application, please select one of the following documents.