Best Stormwater Practices for Landlords

Landlords and property owners are responsible for complying with city, state, and federal stormwater regulations. It is important that landlords follow best practices for stormwater management in order to will reduce illicit discharges to local streams and avoid fines. 

  1. Sanitary Sewer Maintenance
  2. Driveway/ Parking Lot Maintenance
  3. Pesticide and Fertilizer application
  4. Mulching Yard waste

Sanitary sewer maintenance 

An effective way to avoid system failure and expensive repairs is to regularly maintain the sanitary sewer collection system on your properties. Preventative maintenance through scheduled inspections and routine cleaning of the sewer system can identify and help eliminate many of the causes of sanitary sewer overflows. Here are ways to prevent sanitary sewer pollution:

  1. Frequently maintain and inspect the property’s sewer collection system  
  2. Educate tenants regarding proper cooking grease disposal :
    1. Allow grease to cool to a safe temperature after cooking  
    2. Use a container with a re-sealable lid  
    3. Pour the cooled oil and grease into the container  
    4. Place lid on container and dispose of in the garbage 
    5. Scrape or wipe cookware using a paper towel or spatula into the garbage before washing
    6. Immediately cleanup up any spills upon discovery and properly dispose of wastes