Austin Water's  Pretreatment Program Enforcement ensures compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal rules and regulations pertaining to pretreatment standards and requirements.

Our primary concern is to correct the problems that caused a violation. The Pretreatment Program staff has developed an Enforcement Response Plan & Guide to assure that our response to any violation:

  • Focuses on solving the problem that caused the violation
  • Is conducted fairly and consistently
  • Removes any economic advantages enjoyed by violators
  • Recovers utility costs caused by the violation
  • Is taken in a timely fashion

The appropriate enforcement response for any violation will depend on several factors.

  • The violation's magnitude and duration
  • Any effect on the publicly owned treatment works or the receiving stream
  • Any injury to personnel or the public
  • The compliance history of the business
  • Any good faith effort demonstrated by the offender