If your facility produces, treats, disposes of, or otherwise discharges waste water, you may need a permit from the Utah Division of Water Quality or the Division of Drinking Water. See Rule R317-8. Utah Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (UPDES) for more details.
Facilities that produce, treat, dispose of, or otherwise discharge waste water from a point source (such as a pipe, ditch, or channel) into a water of the State (such as a lake or river) may need permits from the Division of Water Quality under the Utah Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (UPDES).
Once a completed application is submitted, the Division of Water Quality issues a draft permit, seeks public comment, holds necessary public hearings, and issues final permits. Annual fees range from $100 to $8,000, depending upon type, size, and complexity of the proposed facility (see DEQ Fee Schedules). Time needed for discharge permits is generally 180 days from application to issuance.
The complexity of the permit determines the timeline needed. Factors that increase complexity include the beneficial use and anti-degradation status of the receiving water and whether a Total Maximum Daily Load determination has been established for it. This information can be found on the Beneficial Uses and Water Quality Assessment Map. Most permits are valid for five years, with the exception of construction permits, which do not expire. See Rule R317-8 Utah Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (UPDES) for more details.
DWQ is required to verify the lawful presence in the United States of an individual at least 18 years of age (includes sole proprietor doing business under an assumed name) who has applied for Onsite Professional Certification, Wastewater Operator Certification, or who has applied for federal SRF funding. A Citizenship/Alien ID Certification Form (859 KB) is available that must be completed, notarized, and submitted to the DWQ along with a copy of photo identification.
Permits are required for all industrial, municipal, and federal facilities, except those on Indian lands (including storm drains and water well drilling activities).
Does your facility treat wastewater (surface or underground) that is not operating under another type of Water Quality permit?
Operating permits are to be developed for all wastewater treatment systems; such as total containment lagoons, subsurface disposal/rapid infiltration basins (RIBs), land disposal, individual operating permits, and large underground wastewater treatment/disposal systems, that are not operated under one of the other types of permits.