Trade Effluent Agreements

Commercial effluents are liquid waste from non-domestic or industrial activities. It includes: the Water Management Act 1991 defines waste water as „any liquid, with or without particles of substances, suspended in the liquid, produced in whole or in part in the context of a trade or industry operated in a commercial site.“ Commercial wastewater can damage our sewers, our wastewater treatments and the streams in which we discharge them. It can also affect the health and safety of people working in or around our network of channels. We need to ensure that our infrastructure and treatment processes work effectively so that we can safely return your treated wastewater to the environment. Please note that before issuing your legal document, you do not have the right to unload commercial water. In addition to Form G/02 or G/03, we need a complete map of your site drainage system that indicates the route of commercial evacuation to public sewers. Your consent may include conditions for self-monitoring your wastewater discharges in terms of load flow or composition. Wholesale may decide to regularly sample wastewater to monitor compliance with consent and increase treatment costs. Consent contains different limit values and includes methods of sampling, wastewater measurement and tariff methodology.

It may also be necessary to install pre-treatment before removing wastewater from sewers, or to take other risk control measures to mitigate adverse effects to meet the conditions of your consent. Wastewater from hotels, pubs, restaurants and takeaways is not currently considered commercial wastewater, although regulated by the Water Industry Act 1991. If you do not have consent on behalf of the company, the discharge of commercial wastewater is illegal and means that your business could be sued. Dismissal would not be illegal if a founding certificate was immediately sent to the commercial support team on West Service Road, Raynesway, Derby DE21 7BE. Some commercial customers have private meters to calculate commercial water discharges. If you install a new meter, replace an existing meter or think you may have a faulty private meter, please fill out the Private Meter form. Please note that we need a photo of installed meters that clearly displays the counter details and meter reading. Although we are primarily responsible for controlling commercial effluents discharged into our sewers, there are cases where the Environment Agency may apply additional conditions to your consent because of the substances contained in the discharge or the processes leading to discharge. These conditions focus on the control of persistent and/or toxic substances. All water entering public sewers, including commercial wastewater, is transported to local water recycling plants so that it can be treated efficiently and then safely re-exported to the environment.