and other businesses produce wastewater that has more fats, oils and greases
than the waste generated by a normal household. Hanover County defines strong
waste as wastewater that has biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) greater than 250
mg/l, or total suspended solids (TSS) greater than 250 mg/l. It is usually
If you are a business that discharges strong waste, you’ll
see an additional charge on your sewer bill to cover the costs associated with
transporting and treating your wastewater.
Public Utilities will periodically sample to determine the BOD and TSS
concentrations of your wastewater. The results of this testing determine if your
business is subject to a strong waste surcharge.
determine that your business has the potential to discharge strong waste but it
is not possible to sample your wastewater, we will determine a surcharge based
on the characteristics of wastewater from similar businesses that can be