Those facilities that process primarily wastewater from domestic sanitary sewer sources (sewage) are considered municipal facilities. These include city wastewater districts treatment, sanitary districts, wayside rest areas, national or state parks, mobile home parks, and resorts. Municipal permits can be "major," "minor," or "general," depending upon how much wastewater is discharged and what types of pollutants might be found in the wastewater.
Municipal major facilities must complete U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) forms. These EPA forms are provided for your convenience. (Appendix A, under "Forms Required for All Applications," will be necessary here.) You may also obtain these forms on the U.S. EPA website.
The following form is appropriate for facilities that discharge surface water but are not classified as major facilities.
- Municipal Surface Water Discharge Application (wq-wwprm7-09)
Operation, maintenance, reporting and awards
- How to complete your Discharge Monitoring Report
- 2017 Wastewater Facility Operators Award Recipients (wq-wwtp8-25)
- Wastewater worksheets and spreadsheets for operators
- Municipalities having sewer systems with sewage treatment plants (1872-1947)
- Wastewater Treatment Facility Operation and Maintenance Manual Guidelines
- Operation and Maintenance Manual Certificate of Completion
- e-Services: Electronic Discharge Monitoring Report (eDMR) Sign-up and Submittal
- MPCA Wastewater Permit User's Manual - NPDES and SDS permits (wq-wwtp7-09)
- Stabilization Pond Systems Manual
- Stabilization Pond Discharge Guidance
- Release Sampling Report
- Spray Irrigation/Rapid Infiltration Basin Discharge not Authorized within Permit
- Interim guidance for managers and workers handling untreated sewage from individuals with Ebola in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Municipal land discharge application (wq-wwprm7-10)
- Large Subsurface Treatment Systems (LSTS) process control monitoring for nitrogen (wq-wwprm8-03)
- Large subsurface wastewater treatment system process control monitoring for nitrogen: Troubleshooting guidance (wq-wwprm8-04)
- Wastewater pretreatment
- Fact Sheet: Recognition For Dental Providers Using Amalgam Removal Equipment
- Example Certificate of Recognition (for providing recognition to dental providers)
Program management decisions
MPCA compliance and enforcement staff for wastewater facilities are assigned to specific areas within regions. Check the map below to find the staff person to call for assistance in your area.
If you have wastewater questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.