Preventing Spills and Runoff Problems
Equipment, Machinery and Site Materials
- Designate one area for equipment parking and machinery repair and refueling. The designated area should be well away from gutters or storm drains and, if possible, contained. All major equipment repairs should be done off-site.
- Keep absorbent pads and material on-site to contain spills. Clean up small leaks, spills, and drips immediately and properly dispose of clean-up materials.
Concrete Driveways, Walkways, Patios, and Other Masonry Projects
- When cleaning up after driveway or sidewalk construction, wash cement dust onto dirt areas. Do not wash it down the driveway or into the street or storm drain.
- When installing exposed aggregate driveways, walkways, or patios, direct wash water to designated areas where the water flows into containment ponds or onto dirt. Do not let the wash water run off into roads where it will eventually find its way to storm drains, creeks and/or Lake Whatcom.
- Proper storage and disposal of construction site materials such as paints, solvents, and adhesives will reduce the potential for spills and runoff problems.
Remember! Report Spills
- Washington State Spill Response Program: (425) 649-7000 to report all spills.
- Call 911 to report large spills.