Compliance in the state of Florida regarding wastewater all flows downhill from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to the FDEP (Florida Department of Environmental Protection) who puts pressure on the local cities and counties to enforce their regulations. The city and state inspectors are forced to keep restaurant owners, property management companies, etc. to keep in compliance regarding their grease traps, lift stations, stormwater systems, etc. They do this by requiring hauling manifests (see below) for all wastewater removed from the wastewater collection systems and they require these systems to be cleaned on a regular basis. If they do not receive a manifest, then they serve a warning or levy a fine. The inspectors also make surprise visits and can tell by taking samples if a system component has not been cleaned timely enough or correctly. They correct this with warnings and fines, as well. The intent of all of these agencies is to protect the human and environmental health and safety of Florida. If executed correctly and efficiently it will do just that, but some counties and cities do not currently enforce the regulations, so requirements vary from county to county or city to county.
Hauler manifests are reporting forms issued by individual city or county enforcement agencies for contractors to use to report all wastewater removed from the collection system, private or public. When grease traps are installed they are added to a list that the enforcing agency works from. The new establishment will be given a certain time period to have a licensed hauling contractor under agreement to service their system. Then the enforcing agency will expect regular manifests to be sent to them with details about the event such as how many gallons were pumped, where the wastewater was disposed of, and the condition of the tank. If a manifest is not sent in on time the agency will make a visit or send a warning letter to come into compliance immediately, or they may levee a fine.
Grease traps are typically required to be pumped every 3 months, under-the-sink grease traps every week, and lift stations are required to be inspected every month though all this may vary per location and condition of the system.