- City Engineering
- Stormwater Management
- Source control program for existing development
Source control program for existing development
Stormwater, unlike sewer, is not treated when it enters our system. That is why treating water at the source, either at your business or residence, is important to ensure the system continues operating free of pollutants. Here are some of our Programs to help you get started with source control.
Business Source Control Program
Pollution Prevention Tips
Follow these Best Management Practices for pollution control of stormwater and 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 function properly, and maintenance costs will increase.
- Storage of Materials: Store chemicals and other materials under cover and/or 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.
- Recycling: Be sure to recycle your light bulbs! You can locate more information and participating businesses online.
- Dumpster Lids: Something as simple as keeping your dumpster lids closed could help the environment. Keeping the lids closed can help your dumpster last longer by reducing the amount of leachate that can cause corrosion in the dumpster. If you have any questions about replacing your dumpster, please contact your disposal company.
This industry has potential "hidden" environmental hazards and financial impacts business owners or managers may not be aware of. In addition, the industry tends to have a high employee turnover rate, and information is often lost in the turnover process.
Potential hazards for restaurants include:
- Improper fluorescent light disposal
- Improper grease storage and management
- Improper maintenance of outdoor disposal areas
- Improper management practices for fats, oils, and grease (FOG)
- Improper washing practices outdoors
- Lack of spill preparedness
- Pretreatment device maintenance
Recommended Best Management Practices
Restaurant Best Management Practices (BMPs)
Restaurant BMPs (PDF) includes information about:
- Fats Oils and Grease (FOG)
- General cleaning
- Grease interceptors
- Hood vents
- Pressure washing
- Spill preparation
- Trash bins
- Used cooking oil
Other BMPs (PDF) include:
- Cleaning and washing activities
- Dumpsters and trash compactors
- Other maintenance practices
- Spill control measures
Fluorescent Light Disposal
LightRecyle Washington includes proper disposal and handling, including a map to search for drop-off locations.
The following resources can be printed and posted as reminders for employees:
- Hood Vent Cleaning Poster (PDF)
- Mop Water BMP Poster (PDF)
- Restaurant BMP Poster (PDF)
- Waste Management Poster (PDF)
Note: Waterproof Posters are available. If interested, please contact Bryana Solis, Business Outreach Specialist.
In the automotive industry, there are hazardous and dangerous wastes just about everywhere you look. Working in the automotive industry you can encounter many potential pollutants provide technical assistance to all SQG (small quantity generators) on the importance of keeping those wastes out of our waterways.
BMPs (Best Management Practices) for the Automotive Industry
- Good Housekeeping
- Secondary Containment
- Waste Management
- Recycling Oils
- Recycling Fluorescent Tubes
- Clean Catch Basins
- Proper Containers and Labeling
- Keeping Proper Waste Documents on-site
Please remember that whatever goes down the drain, unless connected to sanitary sewer is going directly into Puyallup River, then into Puget Sound. Only Rain down the Drain.
Storing Recyclable / Used Materials
Used oils and dangerous wastes should be stored under cover or inside in a secondary containment area so that leaks and spills are contained and are easier to clean up in case of a spill.
Department of Ecology has a list of businesses that recycle used materials, click here for the link.
As of January 1, 2015, according to RCW 70.275.080 ALL mercury-containing lights MUST be recycled. LightRecycle program allows Washington State residents and businesses to recycle mercury-containing light bulbs and tubes. Recycling the lights protects the environment by reducing the release of mercury, a potent neurotoxin. There is a limit of 10 lights per visit. To locate a recycling facility near you, click here.
The Following resources can be printed and posted as reminder for employees:
Recycling Used Oils (11x17 print size)
Keep it Clean (8.5x11 print size)
Light-Cycle Program (8.5x11 print size)
Waste Management (8.5x11 print size)
Mop Water (8.5x11 print size)
Posters are also available upon request laminated or waterproof paper.
Please contact Bryana Solis with any questions (253) 770-3364 or email.
Pollution Prevention Assistance
Public Works Engineering was selected as a partner in the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Pollution Prevention Assistance (PPA) Program. As a partner, Puyallup receives funding to provide local businesses with resources and technical assistance to reduce pollution in our environment.
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 the Washington State Department of Ecology. Through this partnership, Ecology provides funding for a Pollution Prevention Specialist, staff position in Public Works Engineering. By working with the cities PPA Specialist we can help reduce pollution by providing recommendations on Best Management Practices for stormwater protection and hazardous material storage, help protect employee health, stop polluted runoff at it's source and locating recycling or disposal resources for hazardous wastes.
The Pollution Prevention Partnership is comprised of representative from cities, counties and health districts. Funding assistance is provided by the Department of Ecology and allows the program to provide free hands-on-assistance to Small Quantity Generators (typically small businesses and organizations) who wish to improve their practices by reducing impacts to human health and the environment.
This is accomplished through technical assistance visits that are designated to reduce or eliminate hazardous waste and pollutants at the source. A local pollution prevention specialist will meet with your organization to evaluate current activities and practices. They will discuss concerns, observations, solutions and work directly to help solve common challenges around dangerous wastes, stormwater, solid waste, and spill prevention. This collaborative process limits liability, reduces risk, and improves work environments.
If you have any questions regarding this program or would like to schedule a visit, please contact Bryana Solis at 253-770-3364 or email.
PMC 14.06 Article III – Pretreatment of Wastewater
Grease Traps (PDF): general information about grease traps, including a recommended cleaning schedule and procedures.
Grease Trap Maintenance Log (PDF): example of the information a grease trap maintenance log should include