Pollution Prevention

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Polluted rainwater usually flows from roadways and other impervious surfaces into storm drains and local streams and lakes. Pollutants such as sediment, oil, grease, trash, and other harmful toxins significantly impact water quality, which adversely affects fish, frogs, and other aquatic life.

Everyone can protect water quality. Learn how below. 


Restaurants produce by-products that can be harmful if they enter the storm drainage system. By using sound environmental management practices, restaurants can increase efficiency and reduce negative impact on the environment.

How can your restaurant reduce pollution?

  • Never pour used cooking oil and grease into sinks, floor drains, parking lots, streets, or storm drains. 
  • Discard wash water into a mop or utility sink.
  • When cleaning floor mats or equipment, contain the waste water and properly dispose of it in a mop or utility sink. 
  • Keep dumpsters and surrounding areas clean of debris. Always keep lids closed.
  • Train employees on pollution prevention. 
Restaurants are required to prevent pollutants from entering storm drains in order to comply with the City's Code of Ordinances (Chapter 30, Article 12, Section 7.3).

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