Biosolids, a mixture of solid matter and treated effluent wastewater, are one of two end products of the domestic wastewater treatment process. The other end product is strictly treated effluent, also called reuse water.
This portion of the program is responsible for enforcing county ordinances and state rules governing the treatment and disposal of domestic wastewater. If not properly treated and stabilized, domestic wastewater can pose a serious health hazard, create a nuisance, and degrade the county's natural resources and the residents' quality of life.
Environmental Emergency Response Team
The purpose of EERT is to minimize the environmental impacts resulting from hazardous and non-hazardous material incidents. EERT implemented the philosophy of using a suitably trained, specialized environmental emergency response team to investigate and resolve incidents during non-working hours.
The Volusia County Council has adopted a summertime fertilizer ban and initiated other restrictions to protect the county’s waterways.
A hazardous waste is a waste (discarded or no longer being used for its intended purpose) that has one or more of the following characteristics: toxicity, reactivity, corrosivity and flammability.
The State Underground Petroleum Environmental Response (SUPER) Act was adopted in 1986 by the Florida Legislature to address the problem of leaking petroleum storage tanks. A tax on oil and petroleum products developed or imported into the state was instituted to provide revenue to the Inland Protection Trust Fund (IPTF) from which monies are allocated for the compliance inspection program and to clean up eligible petroleum contaminated sites.
The purpose of this is to enforce county ordinances and state laws regulating the establishment and operation of solid waste management facilities. Site inspections assist the operator and prevent minor problems from developing into violations.
The Volusia-Floridan Aquifer is unlike any aquifer in Florida. Designation by the EPA as the Volusia-Floridan Sole Source Aquifer means our aquifer functions as an underground water source that supplies at least 50 percent of the drinking water consumed in the area overlying the aquifer. These areas have no alternative drinking water source(s) that could physically, legally and economically supply all those who depend upon the aquifer for drinking water. This is an important part of why we must conserve and protect this valuable water supply in Volusia County.
To learn more about one of our waterway cleanups, please click here.
Wasterwise Landscape Irrigation Ordinance
The Department of Health enforces the ordinance. The health department - along with Volusia County Environmental Management Division, the Volusia County Chapter of the Florida Irrigation Society, the Volusia Homebuilders Association, and the Water Authority of Volusia - has had input regarding revision of the ordinance.
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