Information for Business Owners
Pollutants come in many different forms and from many different sources. Some common pollutants include:
- Vehicle and equipment fluids
- Wash-water, etc.
Some common sources of pollutants include:
- Building maintenance activities
- Leaking vehicles and equipment
- Overflowing dumpsters
- Unkempt outside storage areas
- Wet cleaning, etc.
The good news is that pollution can be prevented from mixing with urban runoff and storm water.
Best Management Practices
While activities differ from business to business, the following list represents a few of the water quality protection practices, also known as Best Management Practices (BMPs), that all businesses must implement.
- Keep your trash and dumpster lids closed. Do not place liquids in dumpster areas. Clean-up any spills and leaks. Contact your hauler if dumpsters are leaking or need repair.
- Do not discharge any of the pollutants described above into alleys, gutters, parking lots, storm drains, or creeks.
- Protect bare and landscaped areas to prevent sediment discharges into the street or storm drain.
- Use dry-sweep methods to clean instead of using a hose. If you need to apply water, use a mop. If you need to hose-down an area, use water sparingly, capture the runoff, and send it into the sewer.
- Store all liquids, gels, and powders under a roofed area, with secondary containment, to avoid contact with rain water.
- Do not over-irrigate your landscaping. Runoff and over-spray from irrigation contributes herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers and sediment to our storm drains.
- Do not release sewage water from blocked or cracked laterals into the street or storm drains. If a spill occurs, contact the local sewer agency immediately.
In order to ensure businesses comply with the City’s Municipal Ordinance TMC 8.28.200, facilities that contribute pollutants to our local creeks, or pose a threat to water quality, are subject to inspections.
Businesses typically identified for inspections include:
- Automotive and equipment repair
- Concrete and masonry supplies
- Golf courses
- Mobile cleaning
- Pest control
- Other businesses that generate pollutants or pose a threat of releasing pollutants to our creeks
Report illegal discharges at 951-694-6411 during business hours, and at 800-506-2555 after business hours.
- Business Inspection Checklist (PDF): This checklist is used to determine if your business is implementing adequate BMPs to prevent discharges into our local creeks
- Facility Stormwater Permit Brochure (PDF)
- Permit for Industrial Activities: This Permit regulates discharges from 9 broad categories of industrial activities (If your business falls under one of these categories, then you are subject to the requirements in this permit and must generate a pollution prevention plan)
- Requirements for Commercial and Industrial Businesses (PDF): This information describes the City's pollution prevention requirements as mandated by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board