Industrial and commercial businesses can become contributors to stormwater pollution if proper care is not taken to implement Best Management Practices. Reducing pollutant exposure to stormwater and having a facility stormwater pollution prevention plan will get you on your way to making a difference. Remember, Only Rain Down the Drain!
Fuel, oil, grease, and hydraulic fluids from equipment can be carried by stormwater offsite. Keeping equipment properly maintained and performing maintenance activities in a designated shop area can help prevent spills. Keeping a spill kit is another essential step toward keeping it clean.
Dispose of wastes properly and keep waste bins covered. Rain entering uncovered dumpsters can become contaminated and since waste containers are not water tight this means leaks can make their way to the storm drain system. House keeping and responsible waste disposal are essential and then keep it covered.
Proper storage where exposure to stormwater is reduced or eliminated is a good practice. Implementing secondary containment is another great BMP which can catch and retain any spills or leaks.
Your facility should maintain a spill response plan. Know when and who to contact in the event of a spill that leaves the property or contaminates the soil. Keep a spill kit on hand and clean up spills when they occur.
Fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides, and green waste can wash into and pollute local waterways. Reading labels, following application recommendations, and taking measures to prevent over application, can reduce the risks. Landscaping can be a solution to stormwater pollution also. Check out how Low Impact Development methods can capture and reduce pollution.
Over irrigating can waste water and cause runoff. Reducing over-watering can save money and prevent the washing of fertilizers and lawn chemicals to the storm drain. Green business practices can include changes to landscaping which incorporate Low Impact Development concepts and water conservation principles. See the Truckee Meadows Water Authority’s landscape guide for more information.
Your business may be required to obtain a stormwater permit from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. Your permit will allow you to discharge stormwater to the MS4 as long as BMPs are utilized at your site. See if you qualify for coverage at ndep.nv.gov