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Pressure Washers and Mobile Vehicle Detailers
Below are some tips that pressure washers and mobile vehicle detailers can use to reduce storm water pollution:
Before pressure washing, pre-clean the area to be washed by removing trash, sediment, debris and oily spots.
Determine if the job can be done adequately without detergents or chemicals.
Never allow wash water containing detergents or chemicals to enter the storm drainage system.
Plan before you work – figure out in which direction water will flow and what equipment will be needed to capture wash water runoff.
Determine how you will dispose of wash water once it is collected.
Before discharging collected wash water to the sanitary sewer system, contact Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities at (704) 336-4407 to find out about their rules and guidelines for disposal into their system.
If you plan to dispose of wash water at a property other than your own, be sure to discuss your plans with the property owner and obtain their permission.
Read the following publications. They provide detailed guidance about rules for pressure washing and mobile vehicle detailing.
CMSWS Mobile and Pressure Washing Guidance
CMSWS Discharge and Disposal Guidance Table
CMSWS Containment Collection/Filtering Products
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