Dirt, oil, and debris that collect in parking lots and paved areas can be washed into the storm drain system and eventually enter local streams.  Waste exposed to storm water can contaminate runoff.   Wash water from autos and CarwashCopyequipment can wash into drains and contaminate streams.  Excessive use of salt on roads, sidewalks, and parking lots can wash off with storm water runoff contaminating streams and killing vegetation.

  • Sweep up litter and debris from sidewalks, driveways & parking lots, especially around storm drains.
  • Do not hose down spills or debris into the storm drain.  Sweep up or absorb with an absorbent, such as kitty litter, and dispose to solid waste.
  • Keep dumpster lids and garbage cans covered at all times or store waste in plastic garbage bags.  See Waste Guidelines
  • Use a commercial car wash that treats or recycles its wastewater, or inside at your place of business where waste water is treated.
  • Use salt sparingly on roads, parking lots, and sidewalks.