Apartments, condominiums, and other multi-family residential complexes can be significant sources of polluted discharges that are harmful to the environment, hazardous to public health, and against the law.
Common pollution sources at multi-family housing units include:
- sewage overflows
- swimming pools
- car washing
- waste dumpsters
- pet waste
- parking lot cleaning
- various maintenance activities from painting to roof repair.
The manner in which multi-family residential complexes are managed can have a large impact on storm water quality. This information sheet explains requirements and best practices for multi-family residential complexes.
Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Managers of Apartments and Condos
Throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg, kitchen grease poured down sink drains #1 cause of sewage backups. Every multi-family residential complex operates a private sanitary sewage system that they are legally required to maintain. The State has published rules for operation and maintenance of private sewage collection systems. The following links were developed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services and Charlotte Mecklenburg Utility Department. They will help keep grease out of your sewage system and to help you comply with rules for operating and maintaining a private sewage system.
Permitting by Regulation - Permitted Collection System Requirements
Guidance Document for Multi-Family Compliance
Example of Private Sanitary Sewer Collection System Operation Maintenance Plan