As we approach the end of 2020, it is a great time to take stock of your facility – organize, clean, and review your procedures to protect our groundwater. Resolve to make 2021 the year for groundwater protection!
3 Great Ways to Protect Groundwater
Groundwater contamination can last for decades and be difficult and expensive to clean up. Pollution prevention is the key.
1. Contain your chemicals
Safely store your chemicals to protect against spills.
- Keep chemicals and fuels indoors or covered to prevent rain water from becoming contaminated and washing chemicals into a storm drain.
- Minimize the use of chemicals; always use them according to directions. Consider replacing them with more environmentally and human-friendly options.
- Test any underground fuel oil tanks that may be on-site for leaks.
- Make sure above-ground storage tanks are double-walled or, if they are single-walled, are placed inside a secondary container such as a tub, to prevent a potential leaks from reaching the ground or a drain.
2. Protect drains from spills
Accidents do happen, but it is best to be prepared in the event of leaks or spills.
- Protect floor drains with covers or drain plugs to prevent spills from entering them.
- Eliminate floor drains in chemical storage and loading areas if possible.
- Properly dispose of all waste: don’t dump chemicals down floor drains, sinks, storm sewers or on the ground.
3. Buy a spill kit and have a plan
Always be prepared for a spill or release!
- Know the difference between a spill and a release (See: Is it a spill or is it a releasee?)
- Buy a spill kit (contact us if you are in need of assistance)
- Have an emergency response and spill plan for your business so employees know how to handle a spill or an accident if one occurred.
- Review your procedures and locations with employees.
We are now scheduling free business consultations to discuss best practices and procedures on how to comply with state regulations and protect our groundwater. Contact us via this quick form!