Stormwater Management

Industrial Facilities and Pollution

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 in the Storm Drain!
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Equipment Maintenance

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.
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Waste Disposal

Dispose of wastes properly and keep waste bins covered. Rain entering uncovered dumpsters can become contaminated and since waste containers are not watertight, leaks can make their way to the storm drain system.

Details on proper hazardous waste disposal can be found on the Report Issues & Contact page.

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Chemical Storage

Protecting stored chemicals from exposure to stormwater, and implementing secondary containment to can catch and retain any spills or leaks are both very effective BMPs.
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Spill Prevention
& Response

Most facilities must maintain a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plan. Know when and who to contact in the event of a spill that leaves the property or contaminates soil. Keep a spill kit on hand and clean up spills when they occur.
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BMP Resources

Industrial and commercial BMP information is found in the Industrial and Commercial Stormwater Best Management Practices Handbook, or contact your local inspector.

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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. Read further about Industrial Permits and contact NDEP for further information.

Types of prohibited discharge: A rainbow oil slick and debris near a storm drain; a trash-filled drainage area; milky, polluted water near a drainage area; and a man dumping murky water into a storm drain

Permissible or Prohibited Discharge?

Contact Us

Have a question or comment for the program? Send us an email or attend a meeting.

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