Pollution Prevention for Businesses

Clean Water is Everyone's Business

Only rain is allowed down the storm drains in Durham, and it's every business' responsibility to make sure that they aren't responsible for any illicit discharges into the storm drainage system. 

The consequences of an illicit discharge can be a surprise inspection, a Notice of Requirement, or a Notice of Violation which carries a fee penalty.

Common pollutant sources from businesses

  • Dumping mop water into the street
  • Improper grease and oil disposal
  • Lack of sediment and erosion control measures

If you would like more information or training, please contact the Pollution Prevention Coordinator

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​Technical information



Please read the information below to make sure your business is in compliance with city ordinances and doing its part to keep our water clean. Businesses in Durham can help protect our water quality by taking some simple steps. 

Does your business have a NPDES permit or are you required to have a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SPPP)? See our SPPP development guide (PDF).