Today, smaller businesses also need to do their part to properly manage hazardous substances to keep water clean.
One of the most common types of pollution from businesses is contaminated water runoff, usually from cleaning and maintenance activities. Many common products used in businesses contain toxic chemicals. Even products you might think of as safe — such as soaps, detergents, and other cleaners (even those sold as ‘biodegradable’) — can be harmful if they escape into Washington’s waterways.
Water runoff picks up harmful substances from parking lots, roofs, streets, and sidewalks. These pollutants flow directly into creeks, rivers, and lakes without any treatment. They can contaminate drinking water, foul waterways and beaches, close shellfish beds, kill fish and other animals.
Simple best management practices (BMPs) can prevent stormwater pollution, and prevention is good business. It helps keep water and beaches clean, and shows customers you care about your community.
Your business can do its part to minimize contributions to stormwater pollution by applying the following common sense practices.