PAVEMENT :: POWER WASHING OR PAVEMENT CLEANING
The City of Arlington has a Storm
Water Management Program with the major objective of improving the
quality of the storm water entering our creeks and streams. The Storm
Water Pollution Control Ordinance was recently adopted as a tool to
assist in preventing storm water pollution. The Ordinance addresses
power washing activities.
- No person shall introduce or cause
to be introduced into the storm drain system any discharge that is
not composed entirely of storm water.
- All liquid discharges generated
from high pressure washing and any wash water containing
detergents or other additives are considered liquid wastes.
Liquid waste includes any wastewater
from the wash down or other cleaning of pavement that contains
any harmful quantity of soap, detergent, solvent, degreaser or any
other harmful cleaning substance, or that is at a temperature that has
been elevated by induced heating.
One way to keep the wash water
(wastewater) from entering the storm drain system would be to place a
temporary dam at a low point on the property. The ponded wastewater
can be disposed of through a sand/grit trap to the sanitary
sewer. The sand/grit trap will prevent oils, grease and sediments
associated with pressure washing from entering the sanitary sewer.
ordinance requirements, please reference the City of Arlington Storm
Water Pollution Control Ordinance, Section 2.01 and Section 3.01.
The official code may be obtained through the City Secretary's Office
at 817-459-6186. An unofficial online version is available at http://www.amlegal.com/arlington_tx.
For questions concerning the Storm Water Pollution Control Ordinance,
please call Environmental Services of the Department of Public Works at
817-459-6550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.