The Silver Source Control Program began in 1994 for the purpose of reducing the total silver loading at our Las Vegas Street Wastewater Treatment Plant. The program underwent a revision in 2019.
Local businesses conducting any type of photo processing or X-ray processing are included in the program. A questionnaire must be completed if your business uses photochemicals. Please refer to the Silver Source Control Policies and Procedures Manual, or contact us if you have questions about the program.
Businesses affected by the program may be classified as Silver Waste Generating Dischargers or Silver Waste Generating Non-Dischargers.
Silver Waste Generating Non-Dischargers are those that generate but do not treat or discharge silver-rich photochemical solutions to the publicly owned treatment works (POTW). Instead, the solutions are collected for off-site disposal or recovery. Non-Discharger requirements include development of an Operations and Maintenance Plan, record-keeping, and submittal of a one-time compliance certification. A Notice of Exemption will be issued by Utilities.
Silver Waste Generating Dischargers treat waste silver-rich photochemical solutions and discharge the treated wastewater to the POTW. Discharger requirements include installation of wastewater treatment equipment, implementation of best management practices, development of an Operations and Maintenance Plan, record-keeping, and submittal of a compliance certification. A Notice of Coverage will be issued by Utilities.
Submit required documentation to our Industrial Pretreatment Program:
Mail: Silver Source Control Program, 701 E. Las Vegas St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Fax: (719) 668-4748
Please email any questions regarding the Silver Source Control Program.