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Publication / Resource Title Description
Auto Shops—Preventing Water Pollution (PDF) Easy-to-read and understand tips for prevention water pollution from auto repair shops.
Breweries— Sustainable Brewing, the Brewing Process (PDF)

Updated by the ACWA Pretreatment Committee in 2016, this new Sustainable Brewing brochure highlights pollution prevention techniques in each step of the brewing process.

Collection Locations for Unwanted and Unused Drugs, (PDF)

Unwanted and unused drugs can be accepted for environmentally sound disposal at law enforcement agencies.  An inventory of law enforcement agencies providing this service is provided.

A google map of the collection sites, provided by PPRC, can be found here

The Environmentally Responsible Dental Office

Detailed best management practices for dental offices, including amalgam separator installation and operation prepared by the Oregon Dental Association; updated 10/16

Dental Office Pollution Prevention - with ACWA logo (PDF)

Dental Office Pollution Prevention - generic, no logo (PDF)

An illustrated, color brochure that outlines Best Management Practices for dental offices, updated 2017
Fats, Oil & Grease Control Programs, (FOG) Removal Information on the preferred pumper program is available on the Regional Preferred Pumper web page including details on program criteria and benefits, resources, training materials, and a list of preferred pumpers.
Freeze the Grease—Grease Scrapers and Kits These kits include a plastic grease scraper, a lid that will fit three different sizes of metal cans and an easy-to-follow instruction card in English and Spanish that you can stamp your city/utilities logo on.  The scraper and lid both say “Freeze the Grease, Save the Drain” and “Brought to you by your local sewer utility.”

To have the kits printed and/or have them printed with your organization’s name, contact the GiGi Goff Company in Beaverton, OR at (503) 646-3191 or contact them by e-mail.
Guidance for Conducting an Industrial User Survey
Oregon DEQ, 2/15
This fact sheet assists local sewerage agencies in developing and deploying an Industrial User Survey.
Hauled Waste Disposal Options
Oregon DEQ, 3/17
A list of Oregon facilities that accept hauled waste.
Industrial Wastewater in Oregon, 6/2010, ACWA An informational guide about discharging industrial process wastewater to your local municipality or sewer agency.
Oregon Pharmaceutical Take Back Stakeholder Group—Executive Summary
7/1/07 (PDF, 69 kb)
Executive report of Stakeholder Group—outlines key findings and recommendations.
Oregon Pharmaceutical Take Back Stakeholder Group—Final Report
7/1/07 (PDF, 2.1 mb)
Summary report of a broad-based stakeholder group examining options for environmentally sound disposal methods for unwanted and unused medicines in Oregon.

Pharmaceuticals and other chemicals common in landfill waste - US Geological Survey (2014)

This study of 19 landfills across the United States found 129 of 202 pharmaceutical (prescription and nonprescription), household, and industrial chemicals in untreated leachate samples (that is, prior to treatment and environmental release). The number of chemicals measured in the leachate samples ranged from 6 to 82 (with a median of 31). An analysis of the data revealed that landfills located in areas receiving the greatest amounts of precipitation had the greatest number of chemicals detected and the highest concentrations measured.

Pretreatment—Inventory of Federal Regulations and Guidance This link provides detailed technical information on federal regulations and guidance related to the Pretreatment Program and its implementation
Print Shops—Preventing Water Pollution (PDF, 786 kb) Easy-to-read and understand tips for prevention water pollution from print shops.

Revenue Survey - March / April 2017
Revenue Results Narrative (PDF)
Survey results - PDF
Survey results - Excel spreadsheet


This survey was borne out of a curiosity of what charges, if any, were assessed to industrial users (IUs) to cover the annual pretreatment fees assessed by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) with pretreatment programs.
Senate Bill (SB) 737—Summary of Monitoring Results, 6/2011 (PDF, 767 kb)
Fact Sheet: Implementing Senate Bill 737, 6/6/11 Update (PDF)
SB 737 required Oregon’s largest 52 wastewater treatment plants to test their effluent twice for an inventory of 117 priority, persistent pollutants. This two-page report summarizes the findings.

Septage Survey Results – Survey conducted in early 2016 (PDF)

Survey results regarding acceptance of septage, treatment, and fee schedules at Oregon wastewater treatment plants

Trap the Grease brochure, English (PDF, 4.7 mb) Tri-fold color brochure with big pictures that include tips for food workers to reduce fats, oils, and grease from reaching the sewer system.
Trap the Grease brochure, Spanish (PDF,1.6 mb) Folleto triple del color con los cuadros grandes que incluyen las extremidades para que los trabajadores del alimento reduzcan las grasas, los aceites, y la grasa de alcanzar el sistema de alcantarilla. (traducción española)
Treatment Technology Review and Assessment, HDR 12/14 (PDF, 417 kb) HDR Engineering completed a review of the impact of revised human health related toxic water quality standards on NPDES permit holders. The report evaluates the available technology and costs to meet toxic water quality standards similar to Oregon’s.

The report concludes that there are limited ‘proven’ technologies to meet discharge standards this low, and that the types of advanced treatment needed to meet the standards could increase the capital cost of wastewater treatment by $17 to $29 per gallon per day of capacity, with associated high energy consumption, increased greenhouse gas production, increased solids production, and increased footprint requirements. The report was completed for the Association of Washington Business.
Vehicle Washing—Preventing Water Pollution (PDF, 833kb) Easy-to-read and understand tips for prevention water pollution when washing vehicles.

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