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1 International Society of Cleaning Technicians Recommended Procedures for Disposal of Waste Water Resulting from On-location Cleaning and Restoration Services ( \ CLEANING TECHNICIANS Copyright 1994: International Society of Cleaning Technicians (ISCT). All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from ISCT. International Society of Cleaning Technicians 3028 Poplar Rd. Sharpsburg, Georgia (770) (770) fax me ISCT is an independent international trade association run by professional on-location cleaners and restorers for the professional on-location cleaning and disaster restoration industry.

2 ISCT TASK FORCE FOR WASTE WATER DISPOSAL PROCEDURES Joel Reets, CEO; International Society of Cleaning Technicians, Sharpsburg, Georgia Ruth Travis, Interior Care, Chattanooga, Tennessee Dr. Michael Berry, Deputy Director; U.S. EPA ECAO, Raleigh, North Carolina Jeff Bishop, Editor; Clean Care Seminars, Inc., Dothan, Alabama Karen Haub, Bee "Dry" Carpet Cleaners, Lakeland, Florida Jerry Kessie, Dixie Carpet Systems, Clearwater, Florida Dr. Albert K. Langley, Jr., Ph.D., Program Manager; Ga. Dept. of Natural Resources, Atlanta, Georgia Frank Wiggins, FW Services, Atlanta, Georgia Special credit goes to the Gulf Coast and North Georgia Chapters of ISCT for their continuing coordination with the Florida and Georgia Departments of Natural Resources, and without whose input and assistance this document would not be possible. ISCT OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS Jerry Kessie, President: Dixie Carpet Systems, Clearwater, Florida Karen Haub, Vice President: Bee "Dry" Carpet Cleaners, Lakeland, Florida Walt Lipscomb, Vice President - Technical: W.L. Potential, Thornton, Colorado J. Scott Warrington, Secretary: Scott Cleans, Winchester, Tennessee Ryoji Uematsu, International Director: Kansai Meiso, Chuo-Ku, Osaka, Japan J. "Sonny" Bass: Roth Restoration, Albany, Georgia Jeff Bishop: Clean Care Seminars, Inc., Dothan, Alabama Rhonda Seay: Clean Care Seminars, Inc., Dothan, Alabama Rick Sands: Atlanta Captain Steamer, Atlanta, Georgia Ron Saunders: Innovative Cleaning Systems, Largo, Florida Frank Wiggins: RN Services, Atlanta, Georgia Bob Wittkamp: Bob White and Associates, St. Petersburg, Florida ISCT Waster Water Disposal Procedures Page 2

3 TABLE OF CONTENTS Section DaCle Foreword... 4 Introduction... 4 Procedures for Disposing of Waste Water... 7 Scope... 7 Sources... 7 Disposal of Waste Water from On-location Cleaning... 7 Disposal of Waste Water at Company Facility... 7 Disposal of Waste Water from Industrial Cleaning... 8 Disposal of Waster Water from Water Damage Restoration... 8 Source Acknowledgements... 9 ISCT Waste Water Disposal Procedures Page 3

4 FOREWORD The lntemational Society of Cleaning Technicians (ISCT) Procedures for Waste Water Disposal is designed to clarify options for proper disposal of waste water recovered from on-location cleaning and restoration activities. It has been developed using reliable principles, research and practical experience, plus consultation with and information obtained from state and federal govemmental agencies; cleaning chemical and equipment formulators and manufacturers; national and regional trade associations and certification organizations serving the professional on-location cleaning industry, cleaning service industry training schools, and others with specialized experience. It is subject to revision as further experience and investigation may warrant. ISCT Waste Water Disposal Procedures provide professional carpet and upholstery cleaners and water damage restoration contractors with a specific set of practical procedures for environmentally responsible waste water disposal. The ISCT assumes no responsibility and accepts no liability for the application of the principles or techniques contained in this procedural summary. Specifying authorities have the responsibility of reviewing all applicable federal, state and local statutes, ordinances and regulations and ascertaining the qualification and competence of technicians employing the procedures described herein. These procedures have been prepared under the direction of the Technical Advisory Committee of the International Society of Cleaning Technicians. The ISCT is an independent trade association representing the professional on-location cleaning and disaster restoration industry. INTRODUCTION The application of any method of cleaning that claims to extract soil from carpet must address proper waste disposal, however, "steam" cleaning (hot water extraction), in particular, generates a quantity of soiled water that obviously cannot be disposed of just anywhere. Before discussing disposal options, it is prudent to define the potential problems associated with recovered waste water from cleaning/restoration activities. On the surface it would appear that we merely are recovering water, plus soil, most of which was tracked in from outside anyway. Further, the industry uses biodegradable detergents, which if anything, fertilize grass and other vegetation. Then why specify procedures for the disposal of waste water that is generated in the course of cleaning or disaster restoration work? There are at least five areas of potential concern surrounding the disposal of waste water: Synthetic Fibers - During extraction cleaning of most cut-pile staple yarns, some shedding of synthetic fiber is inevitable. These fibers are quite durable and nonbiodegradable. Technicians can ensure that synthetic fibers are never a problem by pre-filtering all waste water before it is disposed of. Dry Solvent Spotters - When extensive dry solvent spotting is accomplished prior to cleaning using non-volatile spotters, minute quantities of these materials may ISCT Waste Water Disposal Procedures Page 4

5 be recovered during the extraction phase of cleaning. Because science has evolved tothe point that measurements in parts per billion (ppb) are possible, virtually any solvent that is recovered during cleaning constitutes a contaminant for disposal purposes. This is really a minor point, since we aren t talking about most of the alcohols, citrus solvents or even highly volatile solvents that are used in minor amounts and are highly unlikely to wind up in recovered waste water. Of chief concern are non-volatile solvent spotters (paint, oil, and grease removers) used in quantity, or dry cleaning agents that demand totally different disposal options. Pesticides - Since cleaners and restorers do not put pesticides in cleaning solutions, obviously they must come from another source, such as the exterminators who routinely spray carpet with residual pesticides to resolve one of the many home maintenance problems. Potentially, when technicians vacuum or rinse and extract carpet pile yarns during cleaning, minor residues of pesticide may be recovered, and deposited in vacuum recovery bags, canisters or waste water recovery tanks. Governmental agencies have little regulatory authority over what goes into a home, however they do have considerable concern about and authority over what goes into commercial buildings. Moreover, they have great concern about what comes out and might be deposited in the environment. Inevitably, carpet and applied contaminants eventually are removed from structures and placed in landfills; but that is someone else s responsibility. The cleaning/restoration industry must deal with our responsibilities and hope that other industries are as concerned about theirs. Phosphates - When phosphates are released to natural aquifers, they encourage the growth of aquatic plants. Growing plants require more oxygen from the water, leaving little for other aquatic life forms, such as fish. The major problem here is fertilizers used by farmers, however, if cleaning agents contribute even in a minor way to this problem, responsible technicians must ensure that it does not happen. Industrial Soils - When cleaning certain types of industrial sites, carpet may be contaminated with quantities of soils that cannot be disposed of without proper pretreatment at a licensed facility. To do so not only would be irresponsible, but harm to the environment or other human beings could result as well. These concerns bring us back to the question of disposal options. Realistically, there are but two universally accepted options for disposal of recovered wastes - a sanitary landfill or a treated (sanitary) sewage system. Technically, solid waste soils recovered during absorbent compound cleaning will contain trace amounts of all the above contaminants, and currently, they (vacuum recovery bags) are being placed in trash cans for later disposal in sanitary landfills. This is an acceptable disposal option, as long as good judgement is exercised by technicians. As far as liquid wastes are concerned (dry foam, shampoo, steam extraction), the best option for disposal of prefiltered waste water (no synthetic fiber) is the sanitary (treated) sewer system. Usually, this means releasing effluent into toilets, washing machine drain lines, etc. When quantities of waste water are recovered from homes of businesses with septic tanks, technicians should consider taking that waste water to a sanitary sewer disposal location. In some geographical locations, local ordinances may permit the discharge of filtered recovered waste water on flat, level ground owned by the customer. Even then, ISCT Waste Water Disposal Procedures Page 5

6 quantities are carefully specified, and dumping cannot be repetitious in that location (more than once every 6-12 months - Le., not in a technicians back yard or on company property at the end of each day). Before doing this, however, technicians should obtain permission in writing from local regulatory authorities to prevent misunderstandings. Under no circumstances should recovered waste water be dumped in a storm sewer (which usually flows into a natural aquifer), or on public property, streets or on ground where run-off to a natural water source can occur. Water from flooded structures is classified in one of three categories: 1. Category 1, often referred to as "clean" - A "clean" water source is one that does not pose substantial harm to humans. Obviously, once a clean water source contacts other surfaces and materials, its condition changes as it dissolves or mixes with soils and other contaminants, and as time elapses. Examples of clean water sources might include broken pipes, tub or sink overflows, many appliance malfunctions, falling rainwater (not that which flows horizontally or is "filtered" in its downward progression through multiple structural components), broken toilet tanks (even toilet bowls in some cases), etc. Category 2, often referred to "gray" - An unsanitary or "gray" water source is one that begins with some degree of contamination. It would cause Substantial discomfort or sickness if consumed by humans, and it carries microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms. Category 2, "gray" water examples might include ovefflows from dishwashers, washing machines or toilet bowls with some urine (no feces) broken aquariums and punctured water beds. All of these carry chemicals, biopollutants (fungal, viral, bacterial, algae), or other forms of contamination. Gray water contamination is significantly aggravated by time and temperature. Water in flooded structures that remains untreated for substantial periods (several days or weeks can change from "gray" (Category 2) to "black" (Category 3). Category 3, often referred to as "black" - Category 3 water always contains pathogenic agents. Grossly unsanitary, or "black" water sources are those that arise from large quantities of sewage entering a structure. Sewage contains the expected urine and feces; but it also could contain dangerous chemicals or medical wastes. All forms of sea water and ground surface water and rising water from rivers or streams carry silt and organic matter into structures and create Category 3 "black" water situations. In water damage situations where structure and/or contents have been heavily contaminated with such materials as pesticides, heavy metals, or toxic organic substances, the water damage situation is categorized as Category 3 "black" water. The problem of water damage waste disposal is compounded by the fact that often, normal routes of disposal,,i.e., sanitary sewer, are unavailable. Therefore, a separate procedure for disposal of water recovered in the course of water damage restoration is included. ISCT Waste Water Disposal Procedures Page 6

7 1.0 SCOPE: 1.1 These procedures cover disposal of waste water recovered from on-location cleaning and water damage restoration of installed textile floor covering 1.2 materials used in both residential and commercial applications. Professional cleaners and restorers must maintain familiarity with all local, state and federal regulations that may pertain to or supersede this document. 2.0 SOURCE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: See end of this document. 3.0 DISPOSAL OF RECOVERED WASTE WATER FROM ON- LOCATION CARPET CLEANING: Disposal of recovered waste water from on-location cleaning (not sewage) shall be accomplished only in accordance with the following: 3.1 All recovered waste water must be prefiltered to remove synthetic fiber and other non-biodegradable materials, prior to discharge under the conditions listed herein. 3.2 There shall be no discharge of waste water to surface waters, or to land within 75 (seventy-five) feet of surface waters. 3.3 There shall be no discharge of waste water to storm water management systems or to streets, curbing or drains feeding these systems. 3.4 Waste water discharges shall not exceed 150 (one hundred fifty) gallons per cleaning application per site. 3.5 Disposal of waste water within a sanitary sewer system is allowed. Under most conditions, this is the preferred method of waste water disposal. 3.6 Land disposal of waste water will be allowed with the property owner's permission. 3.7 Land disposal of waste water may not be accomplished within 75 (seventyfive) feet of a public or private drinking water well. 3.8 Cleaning technicians must ensure that all land disposal is applied to the ground at such rates and in such quantities that there shall be no ground erosion or run-off onto adjacent properties. Such disposal shall not create a nuisance condition. Large-volume (2" diameter +), feet sections of perforated hose is recommended for uniform distribution of waste water under this disposal option. 3.9 The ph of carpet cleaning wastewater should range from 5.5 to DISPOSAL OF CLEANING WASTE WATER AT AN ORGANIZATION'S FACILITY OR CENTRAL 4.1 LOCATION: Because of the quantity of cleaning waste water that is routinely hauled back to a company facility, it must be disposed of in a municipal sanitary sewage system, or, when unavailable, in a septic system specifically designed, and approved by local regulatory authorities, for that purpose. ISCT Wmte Water Dkposal Procedures Page 7

8 4.2 Transported waste water must be prefiltered to remove synthetic fiber and other non-biodegradable materials, prior to discharge into the sanitary sewer system. 5.0 DISPOSAL OF WASTE WATER FROM INDUSTRIAL CLEANING OR RESTORATION PROCEDURES: AII discharges that do not meet the conditions stated in paragraphs 3.0 and 4.0 above, shall be disposed of at a permitted waste water treatment plant, or be subject to industrial waste water permitting requirements. 6.0 DISPOSAL OF WASTE WATER FROM WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION PROCEDURES: With the categories for water damage in mind, the following disposal options exist: Category 1 and 2, "clean" and "gray" water extracted from water damaged structures may be disposed of according to the procedures listed under paragraph 3 of this document. Category 3, "black" water extracted from water damaged structures, must be disposed of in a sanitary sewer system, or, if the sanitary sewage system is not available or is inoperable, "black" water must be collected and hauled off-site by a septic waste hauler for proper disposal. Water extracted from flooded industrial sites with contaminants must be handled in accordance with paragraph 5.0 of this procedure. ISCT Wm?e Water Disposal Procedures Page 8

9 SOURCE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The following references sewed as primary sources of information for the ISCT Waste Water Disposal Procedures: Berry, Michael a., Ph.D., Protecting the Built Environment - Cleaning for Health. Tricomm 21st Press, Chapel Hill, NC, Bishop, Lanier J., Cleaning Restoration Inspection and Safety Glossary. Seminars, Inc., Dothan, AL, revised Clean Care Bishop, Lanier J., Flood Damage Restoration - Part 11, Processing Procedures. Clean Care Seminars, Inc., Dothan, Alabama, revised Bishop, Lanier J., More Answers Than You Have Questions About Carpet Cleaning: Part 11, The Procedures. Clean Care Seminars, Inc., Dothan, AL revised Blackburn, Claude, Restorative Drying. Dn-Eaz Products, Inc., Mount Vernon, WA, revised Block, Seymour S., Disinfection, Sterilization, and Reservation. Third Edition, Lea and Febiger, Philadelphia, Cone, James E., Michael J. Hodgson, eds., Problem Buildings: Building Associated Illness and the Sick Building Syndrome. Occupational Medicine: State of the Art Reviews, October-December, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, Inc., IICUC Carpet Cleaning Standard IICRC, Vancouver, WA, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, Inc., IICRC Water Damage Restoration Standard IICRC, Vancouver, WA, International Society of Cleaning Technicians (ISCT), TechnicaZBuZletins. Sharpsburg, GA. Morey, Philip R., Feeley, James C, Otten, James A., editors, Biological Contaminants in Indoor Environments. American Society for Testing and Materials, Baltimore, MD, Sax, N. Irving and Lewis, Richard J., Jr., Hazardous Chemicals Desk Reference. Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, New York, NY, United States Environmental Protection Agency, GZossary of Terms Related to Health, Exposure, and Risk Assessment. EPA/450/3.88/016, United States Environmental Protection Agency and Consumer Products Safety Commisssion, The Inside Story - A Guide to Indoor Air QuaZity. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, Windholz, Martha, Editor, The Merck Index. Rahway, NJ, Merck and Company, Inc., Page 9 ISCT Waste Wafer Disposal Procedures

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