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.
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.
- General Business Practices
- Automotive: Spill Cleanup Kit Guidelines for Automotive Activities (PDF)
- Concrete Industry: Best Practices for the Concrete Industry (PDF)
- Directional Drilling: Directional Drilling Guidance (English PDF), Directional Drilling Guidance (PDF en Español)
- Construction: Construction Best Practices (PDF), Sediment in the Right of Way (PDF), Flocculant Use for Sediment Pollution Control (PDF)
- Landscaping: Proper Disposal of Leaves and Grass (PDF)
- Mobile Vehicle Washing
- Power Washers
- Vehicle Maintenance: Best Practices Poster (English/Español) (PDF)