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Commercial & Industrial Pollution Prevention
Help Prevent Pollution
The following tips have been provided to show that we can all make a difference to protect our streams and prevent harmful pollution from entering the environment.

Commercial & Industrial
  • When storing raw materials and waste products outdoors, protect them from rainfall, and store them in such a way that runoff will not flow through the storage area, potentially picking up pollution. Clean up any spill promptly and dispose of the spillage properly.
  • Wash vehicles and equipment in wash bays that discharge to the sanitary sewer. Don't wash off detergents, oils, and greases into streets or storm drains.
  • Divert rainfall runoff from fueling islands by building a canopy or cover over them
  • Store hazardous chemicals properly so that any spill is contained.
  • Be sure that all waste and process water is discharged to the sanitary sewer. Discharge of wastewater to the ground or storm drains is prohibited
  • Make sure that all employees know spill cleanup procedures. Have cleanup kits nearby and prepare spill prevention plans and train employees frequently.

Construction Sites
  • Erosion and sediment controls should be kept in repair at all times. Should silt fence or a construction entrance become clogged or inoperable, time must be taken to fix these issues before other work continues.
  • Have a designated washout area for concrete trucks and mortar mixers. These should be constructed in such a way that waste water is trapped and normal rain event will not wash these substances into the nearest stream.
  • Store all paints, oils, solvents and other potentially hazardous substances under cover to prevent stormwater from being polluted. If possible, store these materials indoors, but when this is not practical, at least try and protect the materials with tarps or other rain-shedding covers.
  • Where possible, perform vehicle and equipment maintenance in designated areas, where spills can be detained. Should spills occur, they should be cleaned up as quickly as possible, and any spilled material or contaminated soil shall be disposed of properly.
  • Store porta-potties away from streams and creeks, and in a place where containment is possible. If overflows occur, or the structure turns over, the contents should be prevented from entering nearby streams.