Preventing Releases to the Storm Drain Water Quality Guidelines for Question: Can any liquids, solids or spilled materials from carpet cleaning activities be Carpet Cleaning discharged to the stormdrain? Answer: No carpet cleaning washwater or waste may be discharged to the storm drain. Remember: Think...about what you are doing before you start cleaning. Activities Question: Does the carpet cleaner have the equipment, material and personnel to handle a spill or discharge (such as a detergent spill)? Answer: Be Prepared...for any spill or discharge. Remember: Pre-plan: Gather the right equipment and enough material ahead of time. Hamilton County Phase II Question: Is it safe for me to clean up spills and Stormwater Committee discharges? Answer: Know...in advance, what you are handling For more information or to and what to do and make sure staff are trained. report an illegal discharge Remember: Your safety is paramount. of pollutants, please call your city or town below: Question: When do I begin to clean up spills and discharges? Arcadia: (317) 984-3512 Answer: Act...immediately, using known and safe Carmel: (317) 571-2441 January 2006 procedures, and try to contain the spilled material on Cicero: (317) 984-7072 This brochure has been prepared to Fishers: (317) 595-3186 your property. inform residents and businesses in Remember: Protect the storm drain. Noblesville: (317) 776-6353 Fishers: (317) 595-3461 Hamilton County of the guidelines Question: Do I need to report spills or discharges? Hamilton County: (317) 776-8495 recommended for proper disposal of Answer: Yes! Communicate...the spill to your supervisor Westfield: (317) 896-5452 carpet cleaning wash water in order to as soon as possible. protect the water quality in storm drains, Remember: Report all spills and discharges that are channels, creeks, streams and ponds. not contained on site to the number below or to 911 after hours. Stop and think. Storm drains do not go to the sewer, IDEM 24 Hour Water Pollution they flow directly into channels and hotline 1-800-233-7745 creeks, through wetlands and to the ocean. Water Quality Guidelines for Carpet Cleaning Activities Filtering Wastewater Commercial Carpet Cleaning This brochure is intended to explain the Both residents and professional carpet Washwater from carpet cleaning must be regulatory issues regarding the discharge cleaners should be sure to filter the discharged to a sink, toilet, or other drain of carpet cleaning washwater. This washwater from carpet cleaning before connected to the sanitary sewer system - brochure also explains the procedures that discharging it to the sanitary sewer since never to a street, gutter, parking lot, or should be followed when carpet cleaning is fibers and other debris in the wastewater storm drain. conducted either by yourself or by can clog pipes. The filtered material can be professional carpet cleaners. disposed of in the garbage, provided that • The spent cleaning fluid can be the carpet was not contaminated with disposed of in a utility sink or other When using water and detergents to clean hazardous materials, which cannot be indoor sewer connection at your home carpets, residents and professional carpet discharged to the sanitary sewer. base. cleaners should follow these guidelines in order to prevent waste or washwater from • Or, contact the nearest wastewater entering the storm drains where it flows Residential Carpet Cleaning treatment facility for additional untreated to bays, estuaries and ultimately disposal options. to the ocean. Washwater from carpet cleaning must be discharged into a sink, toilet, or other drain These guidelines apply even if the cleaning connected to the sanitary sewer system products are labeled “nontoxic” or within your residence. The washwater “biodegradable”. Although these products should never be disposed of in a street, may be less harmful to the environment, gutter, parking lot or storm drain. they can still have harmful effects if they enter the stormdrain untreated. When hiring professional carpet cleaners ask your contractor where they discharge carpet cleaning washwater. Before you allow anything to go • Check with the contractor to ensure into the gutter or storm drain, the spent cleaning washwater tank is stop and think. emptied into a utility sink or other indoor sewer connection. Storm drains do not go to the sewer, they flow directly into channels and • If you contract with a carpet cleaner creeks, through regularly, arrange an appropriate wetlands and to the ocean. location for the contractor to discharge cleaning washwater such as Remember the ocean begins at a utility sink, toilet, or sewer cleanout. your front door.