Frequently Asked Questions

What types of wastewaters can American Bottoms accept?

How much will it cost to discharge hauled wastewater at American Bottoms?

How do I apply for approval to discharge?

What paperwork will need to be completed with a shipment of hauled wastewater?

What hours do you accept hauled wastewater?

How long does it take to obtain approval?

How do I locate an approved transporter?

How do I become an approved transporter?

How am I billed for services?

Can I discharge pretreatment wastewaters?

How can I minimize the time to discharge on site?

Where can the truck discharge approved hauled wastewaters?

What laboratory test data must I provide to obtain approval?

Can you accept low pH or high pH wastewater?

I have an oily wastewater. How much oil can I discharge?

What types of wastewaters are not allowed?

I understand that American Bottoms can't accept "categorical" wastewaters without special permitting. How do I know if I have a categorical wastewater?

 

What types of wastewaters can American Bottoms accept?  top

Because American Bottoms is actually two wastewater plants - one with physical-chemical treatment processes and one with advanced biological treatment - we can accept hauled wastewaters that other municipal plants can't. Although we can't accept hazardous waste, we can take high or low pH wastewaters, oily wastewaters, metal-bearing wastewaters, and more.

Our multiple treatment processes allow us to accept a variety of wastewaters. We can accept wastewaters with

  • pH between 3 and 11
  • significant concentrations of most metals
  • oil content up to 10%

We can accept many wastewaters of the following types:

  • petroleum-contaminated water from underground storage tanks and site remediation
  • high organic strength liquids such as food processing wastewaters, etc.
  • special wastewater such as landfill leachate

Unfortunately, we can't accept food service grease, or wastewaters containing PCBs, pesticides, or significant amounts of mercury. We also can't accept wastewaters containing hazardous waste.

Wastewaters regulated by USEPA as "categorical" must meet USEPA standards and permitting requirements when discharged to any publicly owned treatment plant, including ours. Not sure if your wastewater is "categorical," contact us, and let us assist.

 

How much will it cost to discharge hauled wastewater at American Bottoms?  top

Typical hauled wastewater charges are 7 - 8 ยข per gallon, more for very high strength, one time discharges, or special permitting. Charges are based on truck capacity.

 

How do I apply for approval to discharge?  top

You may apply by phone, (618) 337-9726, or send a completed request form via email (HauledWastewater@AmericanBottoms.com) or fax (618) 337-8919. Generators or transporters may apply.

Once approval is received, a hauled wastewater agreement listing the pricing, nature of discharge, and conditions of discharge will be provided for signature.

In some limited cases, a pretreatment permit could be required.

 

What paperwork will need to be completed with a shipment of hauled wastewater?  top

Two forms accompany each load of hauled wastewater: a special waste manifest and a hauled wastewater tracking form.

The approved transporter will have special waste manifests as required by IEPA, which are to be signed by the generator, transporter, and an American Bottoms employee. American Bottoms will return the signed special waste manifest to the generator after the wastewater is received.

An American Bottoms hauled wastewater tracking form also accompanies each load. American Bottoms will provide copies of the form to the generator or transporter. The forms identify the type and volume of wastewater and are signed by the generator and transporter. The truck volume, which is used for billing, is recorded on the tracking form. A copy of the tracking form is retained by the transporter.  

 

What hours do you accept hauled wastewater?  top

Normal receiving hours are 7:30 am - 3:00 pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Arrangements for deliveries outside normal receiving hours must be made in advance.

A surcharge of 33.3% will be applied for any wastewater accepted on Saturday, Sunday, holidays, or outside the normal receiving hours of 7:30 am - 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.

American Bottoms Plant reserves the right to refuse any load for discharge, in its complete discretion. Customers are advised to call ahead, especially during inclement weather and periods of high rainfall, in order to avoid delays and rescheduling.

 

How long does it take to obtain approval?  top

American Bottoms understands that long delays for approvals are undesirable and will work with you for quick approval.

If you have complete information on the proposed discharge, we can usually provide you with an approval decision and an acceptance agreement within a day or two.  Please call directily at 618-337-9726 if you need a rapid response.

 

How do I locate an approved transporter?  top

American Bottoms can provide you with contact information for transporters who are already approved or will work with your transporter to obtain approval for discharge. Approved transporters must meet insurance requirements and have a non-hazardous special waste hauling permit from IEPA.

 

How do I become an approved transporter?  top

Approved transporters must meet insurance requirements and have a non-hazardous special waste hauling permit from IEPA. These two requirements can usually be satisfied in as little as a few days. Contact us at (618) 337-9726 or email us at HauledWastewater@AmericanBottoms.com for details.

 

How am I billed for services?  top

Charges will be based on total tank capacity of the vehicle hauling the wastewater.  If the amount of wastewater discharged is less than the truck capacity, the charge will be based on the total tank capacity of the vehicle.

Charges will be renegotiated at any time that American Bottoms' user discharges change, the wastewater is found to differ in strength from the characteristics represented in the request to discharge, or other factors affecting the cost to treat change.

Bills are due and payable at and upon mailing and bear a late payment charge of 5.0% if not paid within twenty one calendar days of the date of billing. If the bill and late payment charge, if any, are not paid within fifty-one calendar days of the date of billing, they thereafter bear interest at the rate of two percent per month (compounded monthly) until paid.

A surcharge of 33.3% will be applied for any wastewater accepted on Saturday, Sunday, holidays, or outside the normal receiving hours of 7:30 am - 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. Arrangements for deliveries outside normal receiving hours must be made in advance.

 

Can I discharge pretreatment wastewaters?  top

Yes, but you must apply for a pretreatment permit to discharge pretreatment wastewaters if they are "categorical" wastewaters according to the USEPA, and we will need to conduct monitoring and inspections required by federal pretreatment requirements.  Wastewaters regulated by USEPA as "categorical" must meet USEPA standards and permitting requirements when discharged to any publicly owned treatment plant, including ours. Not sure if your wastewater is "categorical," see this list of categorical operations or contact us at (618) 337-9726 or email us at HauledWastewater@AmericanBottoms.com and let us assist you.

 

How can I minimize the time to discharge on site?  top

Call our operations staff 15 - 30 minutes before you arrive at (314) 575-7465. We will have a plant operator ready.

 

Where can the truck discharge approved hauled wastewaters?  top

Hauled wastewaters can only be discharged after approval and at the approved discharge point. Call us at                  (618) 337-9709 or (314) 393-4500 to discuss the location and logistics of discharge.

 

What laboratory test data must I provide to obtain approval?  top

The laboratory test data you need depends on the type of wastewater.  Contact us for a determination.

 

Can you accept low pH or high pH wastewater?  top

Yes, we can accept wastewater from pH 3 up to pH 11.

 

I have an oily wastewater. How much oil can I discharge?  top

We accept wastewaters with up to approximately 5-10% oil.   We are not a used oil facility, but we do have the capacity to treat oily wastewaters.

 

What types of wastewaters are not allowed?  top

Unfortunately, we can't accept food service grease, or wastewaters containing PCBs, pesticides, or significant amounts of mercury. We also can't accept wastewaters containing hazardous waste.

If your wastewater contains appreciable concentrations of sulfide or cyanide, special arrangements for discharge may be required.

 

I understand that American Bottoms can't accept "categorical" wastewaters without special permitting. How do I know if I have a categorical wastewater?  top

Not sure if your wastewater is "categorical?"  See this list of categorical operations or contact us at (618) 337-9726 or email us at HauledWastewater@AmericanBottoms.com and let us assist you.