EPA Effluent Guidelines

EPA Construction and Development - Final Effluent Guidelines

EPA symbolThe EPA Effluent Guidelines for Construction and Development (40 CFR Part 450) are often a top priority for sites looking to stay in compliance. The goal of these guidelines is to keep water clean and prevent contamination during a construction, dredging, or marine project. The regulations cover stormwater discharges and wastewater discharge standards for construction sites. Implementation of EPA guidelines occurs in each site's NPDES permits.

According to the EPA Effluent Guidelines, construction site owners and contractors are required to handle the following:

  • Soil Stabilization
  • Dewatering Activities
  • Buffers Around Surface Waters
  • Erosion and Sediment Controls
  • Surface Outlets for Discharges
  • Prohibition of Certain Discharges (oil, concrete, etc.)

Questions about effluent standards for wastewater? We can help! Call our team at +1-772-646-0597 or fill out our quote request form to discuss your requirements.

Products to Keep You in Compliance

To help keep sites in compliance with EPA Effluent Guidelines, GEI Works offers several different products to help reduce silt settling times, contain debris, and prevent contaminated products from entering a storm drain. Some of the best management practice (BMP) product solutions we offer include:

  • turbidity barrierTurbidity Barriers/Curtains: Turbidity barriers are a favorite for silt and turbidity control in almost any location. These barriers can be placed in calm water, moving water, and rough water to control the flow of materials.


  • dewatering bagsDewatering Bags: The dewatering bag is used on construction sites, dredging locations, and lagoons where the dewatering of sludge, silt, or sediment is a must. Bags work to keep sediment and sludge contained, allowing only clear water to flow out, according to the effluent standards for wastewater.


  • floating boomFloating Boom: GEI Works also offers a variety of boom to help control silt, oil, turbidity, logs, and debris. Boom is chosen based on the material being contained and the water conditions where the boom will be placed.


  • curb inlet filterConstruction BMPs: To help with smaller jobs, such as drain protection, construction BMPs are available in a wide range of styles. Drain protectors include inlet guards, catch basin inserts, over grate filters, and more to help keep you within EPA effluent guidelines and storm water pollution prevention guides.


To view these regulations and learn more about wastewater discharge standards, please visit EPA Guidelines for Construction and Development or you can read about the EPA Effluent Guidelines for all industries.

Questions about EPA guidelines for construction and development? We can help! Call the GEI Works team at +1-772-646-0597 or fill out our quote request form to discuss your requirements.