Governing Law and Regulations
Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Division of Environment Bureau of Water Technical Services Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Kansas is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for wastewater discharges including state permits, general permits, and federal facility permits. The state goes beyond the federal NPDES program, requiring permits for all discharging wastewater treatment facilities, and those with the potential to discharge. Discharging facilities must obtain a state and federal permit. Nonoverflowing facilities are required to obtain a state permit. See the national section NPDES PERMIT for information concerning the federal NPDES permitting program.
Both discharge and nonoverflowing permits are issued under the authority of the Kansas Water Supply and Sewage Act. While discharge permits carry pollutant limitations on the effluent, nonoverflowing permits do not, as there is no routine, ongoing discharge. Both types of permits may include schedules of compliance and special ...