Dental Facilities

Studies have shown that about one third of the mercury discharged to EBMUD's wastewater treatment plant is from dental practices. EBMUD issues permits to dental facilities to reduce the discharge of amalgam waste to the sanitary sewer. The dental facilities are required to install a separator, which removes the amalgam from the process wastewater prior to discharge.

For more information, see the Dental Mercury Frequently Asked Questions and the following permit documents and resources, which are PDF files that can be viewed and printed with Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free software.