Food processors must conform to state and federal environmental regulation. Links and other resources are available below.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources regulates wastewater discharge. See both "Wastewater Systems Plan Review" and "WPDES Permits."
The Wisconsin Department of Commerce regulates industrial plumbing systems.
A series of fact sheets for dairy farmers and others in the dairy industry concerned about managing wastewater generated from milking activities. Provided by the UW Cooperative Extension. Also information on whey spreading and wastewater pollution.
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Conserving Water in the Milking Center - 6 page PDF
Conserving water by reducing consumption and recycling can enhance profits and protect the environment at the same time.
Controlling Milking Center Wastewater: An Overview - 4 page PDF
Part of developing a profitable and environmentally sound diary operations involves planning to dispose of milking center wastewater.
Estimating the Volume of Wastewater - 8 page PDF
Accurately estimating how much wastewater your milking center generates is an important part of planning wastewater treatment system renovations as well as selecting and design new systems.
Managing Waste Milk - 6 page PDF
Knowing how to dipose of waste milk properly is an essential part of dairy milking center management.
Reducing Phosphorus Levels in Wastewater - 4 page PDF
When a waste treatment system malfunctions or performs inadequately, phosphorus may escape to surface waters and degrade the environment.
Treating and Disposing of Milking Center Wastewater - 8 page PDF
Options for handling milking center wastewater and information for planning treatment and disposal system renovations or new installations.
Whey Spreading - 10 page PDF
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources regulates the spreading of whey as a soil additive.