Working with Businesses to Reduce Pollution
The City of Puyallup places a high value on protecting our surface water and groundwater, which supplies our drinking water and feeds into the Puget Sound Watershed. To help protect these resources, the City partnered with Washington State Department of Ecology. Through this partnership, Ecology provides 100% funding for a Local Source Control Specialist staff position in Public Works Engineering. “Source Control” refers to controlling or intercepting pollution at its source, before it enters the environment.
Many routine business activities can pollute stormwater runoff or groundwater. Ecology’s goal under their partnership with the City is to provide technical assistance and educational services to help local small businesses prevent stormwater contaminants and hazardous waste from entering our waterways.
Current Program Focus
The City’s LSC program utilizes an industry focused approach to provide technical assistance to local businesses. This approach will allow LSC program specialists to provide concentrated assistance and resources to specific industries. Recent program was the focus of the restaurant industry.
Current industry focus includes rental equipment businesses, automotive and transportation businesses, paint and printing shops, as well as gas stations. However, if your business does not fall under the listed industry types, please do not hesitate to contact your Business Outreach Specialist, Bryana Solis, for assistance.
What the LSC Program Does
Under this program the City's Business Outreach Specialist visits 15-20 local businesses each month. This program seeks voluntary cooperation by providing education and technical assistance, and is not a regulatory compliance visit. During a site visit the Local Source Control Specialist checks on these activities to make sure they are done responsibly:
- Solid and hazardous waste disposal,
- High risk pollution generating activities,
- Washwater practices,
- Outdoor maintenance practices,
- Maintenance of pretreatment devices,
- Outdoor storage of products and waste, and
- Spill prevention
How does this program coordinate with other city programs? Activities implemented through this partnership with the Department of Ecology are supporting other City strategies and efforts to protect local water resources, improve management of solid and hazardous wastes, and protect public and environmental health. This program also helps meet many requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit that the City is obligated to implement.
If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Bryana Solis at (253) 770-3364 or email.
Pollution Prevention Tips
Follow these Best Management Practices for pollution control of stormwater and the sanitary sewer:
- Dispose of wastes properly. Only clean rainwater should enter storm drains.
- Don’t ignore maintenance. Make sure grease traps, oil-water separators, and catch basins are regularly maintained. Otherwise, they won’t work as they are intended to.
- Store chemicals and other materials under cover with secondary containment. Exposing these materials can lead to stormwater pollution.
- Keep outdoor areas well maintained. Don’t allow dirt, garbage, debris, leaks, and spills to accumulate.