Stormwater Management: Restaurants

 


   

Here are some guidelines to ensure that your restaurant is meeting the stormwater management criteria set forth in local, state, and federal environmental regulations. 

 


 

Clean floor mats, filters, and garbage cans in a sink that is connected to the sanitary sewer system. DO NOT clean in the parking lot, alley, or sidewalk/street.

 

Pour cleaning water that contains any cleaning supplies into a janitorial sink that is connected to the sanitary sewer system.

 

Use the least toxic cleaning products available. Use these only when necessary.

 

Recycle grease and oil and request a pick-up service. DO NOT pour grease into sinks, floor drains, trash bins, street gutters, or parking lots!

 

Use dry methods for spill clean-up; sweep the parking lot rather than hosing it off, use cat litter to soak up spills. Make sure to pick up outside litter often, including cigarette butts.

 

Keep dumpster lids closed and areas around them clean. DO NOT fill them with liquid waste or hose them out.

 

Use tied off plastic bags to keep dumpsters free of food debris. Clean up any spills immediately around the dumpster.

 

Check dumpsters for leaks often and repair or replace as needed.

 

Inform employees about these measures and include information in training programs.

 

See below for locality specific regulations!

 


Roanoke County: Stormwater Management Ordinance

 

Section 23-5.7: Illicit Discharge

A. It shall be unlawful and a violation of this ordinance to do any of the following:

     1. Discharge, or cause or allow to be discharged, sewage, industrial wastes, or other wastes, into the storm sewer system, or any component thereof, or onto driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, or any other areas draining to the storm sewer system.

     2. Connect, or cause or allow to be connected, any sanitary sewer to the storm sewer system, including any sanitary sewer connected to the storm sewer as of the date of the adoption of this ordinance.

     3. Connect, or cause or allow to be connected to the storm sewer system, without a valid VSMP, VPDES or NPDES permit, any structure that conveys any liquid other than stormwater or discharges listed in subsection B, including, but not limited to, pipes, drains, sanitary sewer lines, washing machine drains, or floor drains.

     4. Prohibitions 2 and 3 listed in this subsection expressly include, without limitations, illicit connections made in the past, regardless of whether the connection was permissible under law or practices applicable or prevailing at the time of the connection.

     5. Throw, place, or deposit, or cause to be thrown, placed, or deposited in the storm sewer system anything that impedes or interferes with the free flow of stormwater therein.

 

See also: Roanoke County Stormwater Management Design Manual

 


City of Roanoke: Stormwater Management Ordinance

 

Section 11.4-16 Water Quality

   A. All stormwater runoff from land-disturbing activities impervious areas shall be treated by appropriate best management practices prior to leaving the property unless BMPs are not required to meet the water quality requirements of this chapter.

   B. All stormwater runoff from land-disturbing activities impervious areas shall be treated by appropriate best management practices prior to leaving the property unless BMPs are not required to meet the water quality requirements of this chapter.

 

 See also: City of Roanoke Stormwater Management Design Manual

  


 Town of Vinton: General Permit Registration Statement for Storm Water Discharges

 

BMP 3-2: Illicit Discharge Ordinance to Detect, Identify, & Inforce Illicit Discharges

The Town has established a program to detect and eliminate illicit discharges in the Town's storm sewer system by developing and adopting ordinances, regulations, and an enforcement program to minimize illicit discharges and prevent illegal discharges into the storm drain system.

The Town will continue to work with Roanoke County to annually evaluate the stormwater management ordinance to keep it in compliance with any changes to regulations at the state level.


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