Trade effluent is any liquid waste (other than domestic wastewater and storm water) that is discharged from a business premises to the public sewers. Trade effluent may contain materials such as fats, oils and grease, chemicals, detergents, heavy metal rinses or food waste.
Under Section 16 of the Local Government (Water Pollution) Act 1977 (as amended), an individual or business may not discharge a trade effluent to the sewer except in accordance with a licence issued under these regulations.
To discharge trade effluent to the sewer, you must apply for a Trade Effluent Discharge to Sewer Licence.
Trade Effluent Discharge to Sewer Licences set out conditions that must be complied with. These may include:
Do I need a Trade Effluent Discharge to Sewer Licence for my business?
Typically, the following establishments or premises should have a Trade Effluent Discharge to Sewer Licence:
Please note: The above list is not exhaustive and it’s a good idea to confirm if you are required to have a Trade Effluent Discharge to Sewer Licence for your business. You can contact Irish Water for more information.
For more information on trade effluent, please call Irish Water on 1850 278 278