The industrial monitoring program provides the City of Airdrie a way to monitor, track and document effects of industry on city infrastructure and the environment.
Industrial monitoring staff collect samples from the sanitary/storm systems and analyze them based on parameters set out by City bylaws. These samples may include effluent (wastewater), surface water, storm runoff, soil and air. The data collected will help City of Airdrie staff will work together with local businesses and institutions to understand what course of action can be taken to improve wastewater treatment, minimize the impact to infrastructure, and improve environmental protection practices.
Early 2015, the City of Airdrie began monitoring the sanitary sewer discharge, also known as effluent, that is released by all industrial, commercial, and institutional premises. Effluent is made up of many substances that contribute to its strength. Effluent strength must not exceed concentrations of restricted substances and must not contain prohibited substances as outlined in the Sanitary Sewer Service Bylaw.
The City of Airdrie is working with all industrial, commercial, and institutional customers to inform them of best management practices that they can implement to prevent over strength effluent from entering the sanitary system.
All monitoring is done in order to ensure the wastewater being released meets the requirements of the Sewer Bylaw.
A grease trap or interceptor is a necessary and important part of your kitchen. It prevents fats, oils and grease (FOG) from entering the wastewater system. FOG can have a negative impact on the environment, and City of Airdrie wastewater systems if not properly disposed of. If you have a grease interceptor installed in your kitchen, you have already taken the first step in preventing problems associated with FOG. However, in order for the grease interceptor to work properly, it must be adequately maintained, and kept in clean, good working order.
The City of Airdrie Sewer Bylaw requires the owner or occupier of an industrial or commercial establishment to keep the grease interceptor in good working condition at all times. It also requires the establishment to keep service records for up to two years, so they may be presented during time of inspection. Failing to install or maintain the interceptor may result in fines and/or surcharges.
Click the links for the City of Airdrie Grease Trap/Interceptor Maintenance and Monitoring Guide as well as the Grease Trap/Interceptor Maintenance Form.
A grit trap/interceptor or sump is an essential component for commercial car wash facilities. These components separate grit, sand and oil from effluent before it enters the City of Airdrie infrastructure. Grit, sand and oil can have a negative effect on the infrastructure, causing blockages and backups as well as damage to the surrounding environment.
Interceptors and sumps must be regularly maintained in order to function properly. The City of Airdrie suggests a record be kept of such maintenance, to ensure good business practices are being followed. Failing to maintain a grit interceptor or sump may result in fines and/or surcharges.
Click here for the link to the grit interceptor maintenance form.
- Sewer Bylaw: Important information for your business/establishment (pdf)
- Industrial Monitoring Intro Letter to Property Owner(s) (pdf)
- Grease Trap & Interceptor Maintenance and Monitoring Guide (pdf)
- Grease Trap Maintenance Form (pdf)
- Sump Maintenance Form (pdf)