[Sqg-program] Checklist: Prevent stormwater pollution from vehicle, equipment cleaning

Perrigan, Glen Glen.Perrigan@dep.state.fl.us
Mon, 18 Nov 2002 09:01:47 -0500

Here's some good tips for vehicle wash areas. Thanks to Raoul Clarke for
submitting this information.=20

If you come across BMPs, tips or advise concerning waste managment for =
business please pass it along. Thanks

Glen Perrigan
FDEP, Hazardous Waste Management Section
2600 Blair Stone Road  MS-4555
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
850-245-8749 Fax:  850-412-0528
E-mail: glen.perrigan@dep.state.fl.us
Website:   www.dep.state.fl.us/waste

Checklist: Prevent stormwater pollution from vehicle, equipment cleaning
Your facility can contribute contaminants to runoff if you clean =
vehicles or
equipment (such as machinery, air filters, grease traps, etc.) and rinse =
wash water onto parking lots or into gutters or storm drains. Improperly
stored rags may also result in an illegal discharge.=20
Consider implementing the following best management practices courtesy =
of the
San Diego County Stormwater Management Program to prevent this problem.=20
*	If possible, use off-site commercial washing and steam cleaning.=20
*	Use designated wash areas, preferably covered, to prevent contact
with stormwater. Berm wash areas or use other measures to contain wash =

*	Use alternative washing and cleaning methods if possible. For
example, use "dry" cleaning methods, such as wiping down, instead of =
vehicles or equipment.=20
*	Never discharge wash water to the storm drain. Discharge it to the
sanitary sewer after contacting your local sewering agency to find out =
pre-treatment is required, or if possible, filter and recycle it.=20
*	Properly contain and dispose of cleanup materials (rags, towels,
absorbent materials, etc.).=20
*	Label all storm drain inlets "No Dumping."=20
*	Clean up spills immediately to minimize safety hazards and deter
*	Educate employees on pollution prevention measures.=20