Pretreatment Program

City of Elkhart Industrial Pretreatment Program
Working with local industries and businesses to protect the community and the environment! 
Elkhart's Industrial Pretreatment Program has earned high honors in the Great Lakes region and nationally. The program earned a US EPA Region V Award of Excellence and the National Second Place Award of Excellence for its class.


In an effort to protect our treatment works and the quality of our rivers and streams, the Pretreatment staff permits, inspects and monitors over 45 industries.  In addition the program facilitates the fats, oil and grease program.  Together the industries, food service establishments and staff form a partnership which is dedicated to improving and preserving Elkhart's environmental resources.

Industrial Pretreatment Program:

The Pretreatment Program administers regulations to make sure the wastewater generated by industries is treated properly. Many industries must pretreat their wastewater before sending it to the sewer. This helps to protect the wastewater treatment system, our employees, the facilities as well as help to ensure that clean, quality water is discharged.  Because of our relationships with local industries and their commitment to protect the environment, our waterways are cleaner today than in previous decades because business practices have improved.

Industries:  Important documents including the Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit, the Wastewater Utility Use Ordinance and Policy as well as the 2016 Industrial Roundtable Documents can be found by clicking here.  

Fats, Oil and Grease Program:

In an effort to help protect the City of Elkhart’s sewer infrastructure, reduce blockages and backups, on April 6, 2015, the City of Elkhart’s Council adopted Ordinance No. 5434 to regulate the discharge of fats, oil and grease (FOG) from food service establishments (FSEs).  This ordinance took effect June 1, 2015.  The goal of this program is to help protect the City’s sewer infrastructure.  Passage of the ordinance is just one component of the City’s FOG program.  The City recognizes that FSEs are just one part of our customer base that may contribute to the buildup of FOG in the sewers. Other components of the program include the regulation of non-FSE industrial customers and outreach to local residents to reduce their contribution of FOG in the City’s sewer system. 

A major component of the FOG Program is the registration of ALL FSE’s connected to the City of Elkhart’s sewer system.  Once registered and an inspection completed, FSE's will receive a FOG Registration Certificate.  The FOG Registration Certificate will be valid for 3 years from the date of issuance. 

Follow the link to for more information about the program including links to important documents including a copy of the ordinance, policy and FOG Registration Application.


Proposed Ord. No. 5434 RevisionsRecently, revisions to the FOG Ordinance have been proposed.   There will be Public Meetings regarding the proposed changes on Tuesday, July 10, Wednesday, July 11, and Monday, July 16.  Each meeting will be from 2pm to 4pm at the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce.  Please join us to express your support, concern and have related questions answered. 

Click here to download a copy of the Summary of Changes to Ordinance NO. 5434.

Click here to download a copy of the PROPOSED revisions

Dental Mercury:
Dental offices discharge mercury present in amalgam used for fillings. The Pretreatment Program is in the process of developing a dental mercury program.