Best Management Practices (BMP) include both federal and state storm water regulations. These regulations impact all Tennessee businesses with asphalt or concrete surfaces, especially if oil, gas, or other pollutants are present on site. By following BMPs, you help to ensure cleaner waterways in Tennessee and beyond. The following Best Practices relate to the design of paved surfaces and the implementation of quality drainage systems.
Anything related to automobiles has the potential to damage local eco systems. That’s because oil is a major contributor to the deterioration of marine life; it clogs fish gills and limits oxygen levels causing aquatic animals to die. When oil soaks parking lots or other paved surfaces, it has a high likelihood of mixing with water runoff and ending up polluting local rivers and streams. The only way to prevent this from happening is to design and pave surfaces to mitigate the issue, and to regularly clean and maintain surfaces.
There are two different types of drainage systems, a sanitary sewer system and a storm drainage system. Storm drainage systems prevent flooding of streets, homes and business by carrying away excess rainwater to streams, rivers and other natural bodies of water. It’s a known fact that storm water picks up oil, grease, and other contaminants as it travels to its eventual destination. Frighteningly, these systems are not treated before hitting natural waterways. That means businesses must design their parking lots and other paved surfaces to accommodate this and prevent oil and gas from mixing with water runoff as best as possible. Kleenco Construction is well-equipped to help you accomplish just that.
The most common storm water pollutants are:
- Construction debris
- Pet waste
- Yard waste
- Auto fluids
Every day, polluted water enters local drainage systems. Thankfully, there are things every business can do to help prevent it from happening. Starting with…
Proper Design of Paved Surfaces
When designing a parking lot, driveway, or any other paved surface, it’s crucial to implement proper drainage practices and design elements that prevent the spread of oil and other contaminants to storm runoff. We can take care of this for you; get a quote http://kleencoconstruction.com/contact-us/.
Tennessee’s Storm Water Best Management Practices for gas stations include:
- Fuel areas should be designed to contain spills so that they do not contaminate water runoff and spill into storm drains. Contained spills must be relocated to a containment area and properly treated and disposed of.
- Fueling areas must be covered to prevent rain from washing away spilled materials before they are redirected. The cover should extend at least a few feet beyond the containment area.
- Absorbent materials should be kept on site to clean up spills as quickly as possible.
- Add signs that warn people not to overfill or top off gas tanks, which leads to an increased likelihood of spills and air pollution.
The following Best Practices for washing automobiles prevent pollutants, such as oil, grease and suspended solids, from mixing with storm water.
- The area where cars are washed should drain to the sanitary sewer system, as opposed to the storm water drainage system.
- The area must be paved and marked as a washing zone.
- Post signs that warn against conducting oil changes in washing zones, as well as using solvents to clean.
- Use biodegradable and phosphate-free detergents
- Use buckets instead of hose water to wash and rinse cars, this saves a lot of water and reduces runoff.
When it comes to auto repairs, several practices must be adhered to prevent the risk of poisoning local waterways.
- Carefully change fluids using a pan to collect any spills
- Check stored vehicles and prevent them from leaking by removing/draining unused gas, radiator fluids, hydraulic oils, brakes, etc.
- Reuse and recycle fluids or take to the appropriate recycling/waste facility.
Cleaning Work Sites
Cleaning work sites with the wrong methods can lead to water pollution.
- Do not hose down areas, instead sweep up all debris before washing it down.
- Use non-toxic cleaning products like baking soda, mild dishwashing soap, white vinegar or lemon juice.
A Construction Company That Truly Understands Best Strom Water Practices
Allow Kleenco Construction help maintain Best Management Practices with our quality commercial concrete and asphalt paving services. We also offer water management solutions, commercial and security fencing, as well as land clearing and excavation. Everything we do involves Best Management Practices in accordance with the state of Tennessee. You can trust us to get the job done right the first time around, all while helping preserve local waterways and eco systems as best as possible.