The Environmental Protection Agency, under the CWA – Clean Water Act – requires that all establishments that discharge pollutants – debris and oils – into water channels must have an SWPPP – stormwater pollution prevention plan. To safeguard against stormwater pollution and comply with the CWA better, you should consider integrating these effective BMPs into your firm’s SWPPP.
Discourage wastes accumulation;
Used rags or stacked waste drums could hide spills and leaks. The spills and leaks, when not absorbed in time and properly, can seep into drains. Erect signs that remind staff to keep work areas clean and always clear all wastes.
Contaminants are driven into stormwater drains from surfaces when you pressure-wash. You should use drain covers to seal grates before you power wash. You should also use a vacuum to collect any accumulated waste water. You can use stormwater management software to get notifications whenever such waste water has accumulated.
Avoid spills by using funnels;
When you are removing or adding liquids to containers, the risk of having a spill is increased considerably. Drum funnels safeguard against spills whenever you are conveying liquids from one container to the other.
Use cleaners that are friendly to the environment;
Algae blooms and several other stormwater pollution issues are what excess phosphorus discharge normally ends in. You should select low-phosphorus detergents and any other similar cleaning alternatives, like pumice hand cleaners and natural citrus.
Maintain PPE and spill kits in all high-risk areas;
Prompt containment and collection are necessary before any spill gets to a drain. Keep PPEs – personal protection equipment – and spill kits near probable leak and spill areas for instant response.
Even tiny efforts end in huge outcomes when talking of CWA compliance. Following these tips can help your stormwater management plan, and assist you in avoiding any fines and violations at your facility.