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Prevent Water Pollution

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When it rains, water falls on our roofs, roads, driveways, and compacted soils and picks up harmful substances such as oil and metals from cars, lawn chemicals, and pet waste. This combination of rain and runoff, known as stormwater, flows directly into our local waterways – rivers, streams, lakes, and Puget Sound. To protect our waterways, Seattle businesses are required by law to implement best management practices.

We help businesses meet stormwater and fats, oils, and grease regulations:

Stormwater

Fats, Oils, Grease (FOG)

Wastewater

Ever experienced a clogged toilet? If so, you know it’s not only unpleasant, but can also cost your business time and money. Currently, people flush wipes of all kinds, paper towels, facial tissues, and other products down toilets at an increasing rate. This “toilet trash” is backing up sewer systems, clogging the city’s pumps and pipes, and may cause sewer overflows.

Why does trash end up in the toilet? The top three reasons customers and employees flush items other than toilet paper are:

  • Trash cans were full, overflowing, or not easily accessible
  • Toilet paper was not stocked
  • Restrooms were not clean enough – when restrooms appeared dirty, custodial staff found people were more likely to flush trash down the toilet.

What can you do?

  • Provide a trash can in every stall
  • Post educational signs on what is and isn’t flushable. Train your employees on what is safe to flush. Download educational posters, door hangers, and other materials.
  • Inspect restrooms frequently, make sure toilet paper is stocked, and empty trash cans on a regular basis.

Watch a video about garbage in the sewage system.

For free assistance, call (206) 343-8505 or email greenbusiness@seattle.gov.

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