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Best Management Practices: Reducing Pollutants

Best Management Practices

Best Management Practices, or BMPs, are practices and procedures that residents, businesses and developers alike can employ in common activities to help reduce the potential for pollutants to enter the environment. Residents are encouraged to practice pollution prevention by incorporating best management practices into household activities. Businesses and construction sites in Indio are subject to periodic inspections to confirm that effective BMPs are in use. Remember, pollution prevention is everyone’s business.

Here are examples of BMPs that can be easily employed by residents and businesses:

  • Cover areas where potential pollutants are stored. Store trash, paints, chemicals, oily parts, and soil piles in ways that minimize contact with rainwater or other water sources. Keep materials covered, labeled, and stored in durable containers.
  • Use trash and storage containers with a tight fitting lid and no leaks. Prevent trash, chemicals, and other materials from coming into contact with rain and washing into the stormHHW drainage system.
  • Recycle or dispose of wastes properly. Reduce trash by recycling. Never dump hazardous substances into the sewer, storm drain, or garbage. Recycle automotive fluids, solvents, and cleaners or dispose them at an authorized disposal facility.
  • Prevent spills and leaks, and clean up promptly when they occur. Monitor vehicles and other equipment on a regular basis. Clean up any leakage promptly, not allowing them to evaporate or be washed down. Clean up leaks and spills with rags, damp mops, or dry absorbent materials, rather than water. Dispose of any spilled waste properly.
  • Sweep paved areas regularly. Pick up and dispose of the debris, do not sweep it into the gutter or storm drain inlet. Avoid hosing off of paved surfaces. These materials invariably enter the storm drain system.
  • Maintain landscaping properly. Do not sweep or blow leaves or other materials into the street or storm drain inlet. Dispose of trimmings and clippings in your green waste recycling container. Avoid over-irrigation contributing to excessive run off in the streets that could carry fertilizer and pesticide residues into storm drains. Minimize use of pesticide products by employing principles of integrated pest management.
  • Wash vehicles using water only, on unpaved surfaces, or at a carwash. By their nature, virtually all cleaning products are toxic to aquatic life. Even products marketed as biodegradable have toxic characteristics. The term was originally intended to identify a product that was safe for biological sewage treatment processes at a time when very toxic substances were routinely discharged into the sewer system.
    Only Rain Down the Drain
  • Check storm drain inlets periodically. Check the storm drain inlet for blockage, garbage, oily waste smell, or other suspect condition and notify the City if cleanup may be needed. Notify the City if the message “Only Rain Down the Storm Drain” (pictured right) is illegible or absent. It is recommended that storm drain inlets on private property be properly identified.
  • Check for and seal any piping that carries wastewater to the storm drain. All waste lines must be connected to the sanitary sewer system. Only clean water should go to a storm drain.

Educate others to implement water pollution prevention practices. Educate family, friends, customers, and coworkers about the causes, effects, and solutions to water pollution.

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Last updated: 3/8/2009 1:00:30 PM