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It is against the law to discharge such solutions to the sewer system without formal approval from the King County Industrial Waste Program (KCIW). Contact KCIW to find out if discharge of the solution is acceptable.

  • King County has the following local limits:
  • (1) No person shall discharge any pollutant, as defined in 40 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) 403.5, that creates a fire or explosion hazard in any sewer or treatment works, including, but not limited to, with a closed-cup of less than 140 degrees Fahrenheit or 60 degrees Centigrade using the test methods specified in 40 CFR 261.21.
  • (2) At no time shall two successive readings on an explosion hazard meter, taken at the point of discharge into the system or at any point in the system, be more than 5 percent of the Lower Explosive Limit (LEL) of the meter nor shall any single reading be more than 10 percent of the LEL.

About flammable or explosive materials

To protect sewer workers and the sanitary sewer system, King County prohibits certain pollutants from being discharged into the sewer system. Prohibited pollutants may be anything that King County, the fire department, EPA, and Washington State recognize as a hazard. These include, but are not limited to:

  • gasoline,
  • kerosene
  • naphtha
  • benzene
  • toluene
  • xylene
  • ethers
  • alcohols
  • ketones
  • aldehydes
  • peroxides
  • chlorates
  • perchlorates
  • bromates
  • carbides
  • hydrides
  • sulfides
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