Unlike the waste water that flows down the drains in your home that ends up in sewage treatment plants, storm drain systems are completely separate. The water that flows into them receives no treatment or filtering. This means that any pollution, which includes the contents of a truckmount waste tank, that gets washed or dumped into storm drains goes directly to our creeks, rivers and oceans.
Waste Can Get You Fined
Besides being just plain wrong, dumping into storm drains can also be very expensive. If caught, fines can range as high as $10,000. A company believing that they can get away with it is foolish as there are now cameras everywhere, including everyone’s mobile phones. It’s only a matter of time before some good citizen captures their nefarious acts and shares it with the world.
What if a property owner gives permission to dump on their property? A reputable restoration contractor would still want to first check with local and state authorities to find out if it’s permissible by law.
So, What Are The Options?
• Work out an arrangement with a car wash. Again, check first with local laws and regulations. And don’t try to do it on the sly. Car washes have cameras too.
• Use an RV Dump Station. Find one near you at this handy site.
• Install a sanitary sewer drain at your home or business. This is convenient and allows for a thorough cleaning of the waste tank at the end of the day.
• Invest in a pump-out system. These direct waste water into a customer’s toilet. A pump-out also gives you the added benefit of not having to stop work to dump the waste tank, which will pay for itself quickly in labor savings alone.
By properly disposing your waste water, you’ll be doing your part to cut down on water pollution and enjoy more peace of mind.