Environmental Control

The San Bernardino Municipal Water Department (SBMWD) Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) receives approximately 22 milligrams of wastewater each day. The wastewater discharged industrial and commercial facilities is required to meet the discharge limits specified in San Bernardino Municipal Code (SBMC) Chapter 13.32.  The Environmental Control Section is responsible for implementing an approved pre-treatment program to enforce the regulations included in SBMC Chapter 13.32. Regulations include specific permitting requirements, inspection procedures and wastewater discharge limitations. Appropriate enforcement actions, as outlines in the Enforcement Response Plan, are followed to maintain compliance with required standards.

Industrial Waste Pre-Treatment Program

The Environmental Control Section enforces pre-treatment regulations contained in San Bernardino Municipal Code Chapter 13.32. Regulations include specific permitting requirements, inspection procedures and waste water discharge limitations. Appropriate enforcement actions as outlined in the Enforcement Response Plan are followed to maintain compliance with required standards. View Resolution Number 708 - Industrial User and Liquid Waste Hauler Fees (PDF).

Wastewater Discharge Regulations

Wastewater Discharge Regulations including:

Industrial Wastewater discharge Permits

The pre-treatment program requires all users who discharge non-domestic wastewater to be issued one of the industrial wastewater discharge permits in the following list based on the type of the facility:

Septic Regulations

San Bernardino Municipal Water Department Septic Regulations applications:

Industrial User Applications

Industrial Users who propose to discharge non-domestic wastewater to the SBMWD Water Reclamation Plant must complete the respective permit application for their industry. The application is required to be submitted to the Environmental Control Section for review and approval before discharge commences. Any pre-treatment conditions or requirements will be included in the Industrial User permit issued to the applicant.

View the applications:

Plan Check Procedures

All new Industrial Users and those who complete tenant improvements are required to submit the project to the Environmental Control (EC) Section for review and approval before construction initiates. Pre-treatment requirements will be reviewed with the applicant during the plan check review process. On site field inspections are completed by the Environmental Control Section for EC underground and EC Final Pre-treatment as indicated on the job card issued to the applicant. 

View the procedures and policies:

Pollution Prevention Program

General Pre-treatment Program Requirements and Pollution Prevention/Best Management Practice Posters and Brochures for Automotive Facilities and Restaurants. View the Pollution Prevention Program page, English and Spanish versions of brochures are available.

Inland Empire Brine Line

The Environmental Control Section operates a brine waste disposal station which discharges to the Inland Empire Brine Line (IEBL). The IEBL station is designed to accept high strength TDS wastewater which is not permitted to be discharged to the SBMWD Water Reclamation Plant. The IEBL station is operated under an agreement with the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District (VALLEY). Industrial Users within the VALLEY service area are required to submit an IEBL Indirect Discharger Permit application which must be reviewed and approved before a permit to discharge is issued. View the permit applications: