Businesses

Protect your business, your clients and your reputation by installing and maintaining stormwater best management practices (BMPs).

You’ll not only avoid fines, you’ll be protecting the waterways your community depends on, and earning a well deserved reputation.

FOLLOW THESE BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE COMMERCIAL  STORMWATER RUNOFF:

cleaning products-greenCleaning
•Whenever possible, purchase water based cleaning products. Look for products labeled “non-toxic,” “non-petroleum based,” “ammonia-free,” “phosphate-free,” “dye and perfume-free,” or “readily biodegradable.”
•Control litter by sweeping and picking up trash regularly.
•Sweep shop floors, materials processing and storage areas, access roads, parking lots and sidewalks. Do not wash down with a hose.
•Properly contain and dispose of wash water, sweepings and sediments.
•Do not dump wash water or mop water outside. Pour into the mop sink or floor drains.

Material Storagechemical storage unit
•Prevent spills from entering storm drains and discharge points.
•Keep outdoor storage containers in good condition.
•Use secondary containment measures for material and waste storage areas.

Chemical spill cleanupSpills
•Clean up spills immediately to minimize safety hazards and prevent spills from reaching a storm drain inlet.
•Use absorbent materials to clean small spills rather than hosing down the area. Remove the absorbent materials promptly and dispose of properly.

sweeping sidewalkOutdoor Cleaning
• Dry sweep sidewalks, patios, parking lots, and dumpster areas on a regular basis, especially around storm drains.
• Do NOT use a hose to wash down pavement.
• Dispose of trash and debris in waste containers.  Do not sweep into the gutter or stormdrain.
• Clean up outdoor spills immediately to minimize safety hazards and prevent spills from reaching a storm drain inlet.
• Report any serious chemical spill to the local hazardous waste cleanup team. They’ll know the best way to keep spills from harming the environment.

dumpsterTrash/Dumpsters
•Prevent polluted runoff by covering all dumpsters.  Anything in an uncovered dumpster or trash bin is vulnerable to the weather, and can wash into nearby stormdrains during wet weather.
• Schedule regular waste pick-ups.
• Never wash down dumpsters with a hose. If cleaning is needed, contact the leasing company.
• Check dumpsters regularly for leaks, and replace if necessary.

organic fertilizer Landscaping
• Use organic fertilizer whenever possible.  Organic or slow-release nitrogen fertilizer causes less harm to water.  Be sure to use fertilizer with no or low phosphorus—phosphorus causes algae growth in water.
• Limit the use of lawn chemicals and always follow directions.  Use the smallest amount necessary.
• If you are having problems with your grass, don’t keep adding chemicals.  Have your soil tested at the UMass Extension: http://extension.umass.edu/landscape/
• Use permeable materials, like pavers or crushed stone for any “hardscape” projects, such as patios or walkways. Permeable systems allow rain and snow melt to soak through the material, thereby decreasing stormwater runoff.
•Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for safe use and disposal.
•Apply at optimal times for the specific application.

irrigation runoffIrrigation
• Avoid over-watering to prevent excess runoff.
• Avoid irrigating when it’s windy to prevent runoff and evaporation.
• Make sure that sprinkler heads are pointed at the lawn and not the pavement – adjust and fix heads as necessary.
• Upgrade to a moisture sensor to ensure irrigating only when needed, and avoid using old-fashioned irrigation timers.

ice melt sprayerSnow/Ice Removal
• Avoid over-salting in the winter, and sweep up any excess or spills.
• Store salt in a covered area.
• Use a product that is non-toxic to vegetation and wildlife.
• Do not dump snow into a body of water.

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