Sewer Prohibitions & Limitations

All sewer customers shall comply with the appropriate provisions of the City's sewer use ordinance. You can access the city's regulations pertaining to the sewer by clicking on the quick link entitled Springfield Municipal Code (PDF), Title 18, "Water and Wastewaters", Chapter 3 entitled "Sewage Disposal."

In addition, all industrial users are subject to "National Pretreatment Standards: Prohibited Discharges" as detailed in 40 CFR, Part 403.5. In addition, no user shall discharge or allow to be discharged into the sewerage works any of the following materials:
  • Corrosive wastes
  • Discolored materials
  • Explosive mixtures
  • High temperature wastes
  • Improperly shredded garbage
  • Noxious materials
  • Oils and grease
  • Radioactive wastes
  • Solid or viscous waters
  • Toxic substances
  • Unpolluted waters
No person shall discharge or convey, or permit, or allow to be discharged or conveyed to a public sewer any wastewater containing pollutants of such character or quantity that will:
  • Require unusual attention or expense to handle at the wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Constitute a hazard to human or animal life, or to the stream or water course receiving the treatment plant effluent.
  • Violate National Pretreatment Standards as promulgated by the EPA with appropriate effective dates.
  • Cause the treatment plant to experience problems with unit operations, sludge handling and disposal options or compliance with its NPDES permit limitations. Concentrations shall not exceed any applicable categorical standards, any local limits or the amounts as detailed in the City's "Protection Criteria Parameters."