Orange County’s economy owes much of its success to tourism, and much of our tourism is based on our great weather and beautiful beaches.  It is incumbent upon all of us, residents - visitors and businesses – to do our part to protect our waterways.

Most water pollution prevention tips for businesses don’t take much effort, yet can have a big impact to ensure clean waterways in Orange County.  For example:

Food Service Facilities (Restaurants)    

  • Sweep your mats or shake them into the trash.  Never hose them off on the driveway or street.
  • Dispose of grease and oil in a covered container or install a grease interceptor.
  • Pick up debris around the dumpster and keep the lid closed.  Never pour liquids into the dumpster or hose it out.

Automotive Service Industry       

  • Drain vehicle fluids indoors and only over floors that are constructed of non-porous materials
  • Store waste materials such as vehicle parts, fluids, solvents, batteries and oils off the ground and in a covered area that will not be exposed to water.
  • Clean up spills immediately using absorbent materials such as rags, cat litter or sand.

Landscape and Gardening Services         

  • Sweep up all lawn clippings and trimmings and dispose of them in the green waste container.  Never blow, sweep or hose lawn clippings or trimmings into the gutter or storm drain.
  • Use pesticides and fertilizers only as directed.  Do not over-apply these chemicals and never use pesticides or fertilizers when rain is predicted within the next 48 hours.
  • Don’t overwater.  Use drip irrigation or hand water with a spray nozzle on the hose to prevent water runoff from carrying pollutants into the storm drain, which leads to our waterways.

Proper Maintenance Practices for Your Business

  • For proper landscape maintenance, make sure to closely follow label directions for the use and disposal of fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Make sure to sweep up dry spills and use cat litter, towels, or similar materials to absorb wet spills. Dispose all materials directly into the trash.
  • Be cautious to not dump any toxic substance or liquid waste on the pavement, ground, or near a storm drain. Even materials that seem harmless such as latex paint or biodegradable cleaners can damage the environment.