Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Sewer Use Discharge Permit
The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) has issued the university a Sewer Use Discharge Permit. The permit requires the university to sample and analyze wastewater discharges from five locations on campus. The permit outlines in detail the analyses which must be conducted and includes metals, volatile organics, pH and others. The permit also places strict limits on amounts of materials that may be discharged.
In addition to the 4 semiannual samples and one annual sample that must be drawn and analyzed, the MWRA may send an inspector at any time to draw their own samples and conduct appropriate analyses.
If the university is found to be in non-compliance with MWRA regulations, the MWRA has several enforcement options (360 CMR 2.00) it may exercise including:
- A formal notice of non-compliance to the University requiring immediate re-sampling
- Assessment of civil administrative penalties
- Revocation, modification, denial, suspension, or refusal to renew a Permit
- Termination or suspension of water and/or sewer services
- Institution of court action for: civil penalties; criminal fines and/or criminal punishment; injunctive relief; or reimbursement of costs and/or damage resulting from the violation and/or any other judicial relief.
In laboratories, the most common routes for hazardous chemicals to get into the sewer system are through sinks and floor drains. It is imperative to handle all chemicals with care. Proper chemical storage and hazardous waste accumulation and storage will help prevent any releases.