Your Business Solution to Water Pollution

Businesses by Lake Eola

Better Businesses, Better Lakes.

Did you know that any time someone pours or sweeps anything into any Orlando street, parking lot, or alley, it will most likely end up in one of the city’s lakes? Many Orlando businesses discard debris or discharge wastewater onto the ground and into the storm drains, contributing to lake pollution.

The City of Orlando’s Streets and Stormwater Division will be actively enforcing codes dealing with pollutant discharges to storm systems. Per City Code, it is prohibited to discharge any pollutants into the lakes or any part of the stormwater system, which includes streets, parking lots, alleys, sidewalks, storm drains, and retention/detention ponds. Code Enforcement action may include fines up to $1,000 per day of violation and reimbursement for expenses incurred by the city in carrying out pollution abatement.

Best Practices

Your business must follow best management practices to ensure you are not contributing to stormwater pollution.

  1. NEVER dump wash water into paved areas, storm drains, or waterbodies. Pour all mop water and other wastewater into utility or wash sinks.
  2. NEVER hose down floor mats, filters, or garbage cans in paved areas or near storm drains.
  3. NEVER pour grease or oil into sinks, floor drains, paved areas, storm drains, or waterbodies.
  4. Have grease traps regularly serviced to prevent clogs; do not wait until overflow occurs.
  5. NEVER hose down greasy pans into paved areas, storm drains, or waterbodies. Clean all pots and pans in utility sink or dishwasher.
  6. NEVER hose floor waste into paved areas, storm drains, or waterbodies. Sweep and collect floor waste into a leak-proof container.  Deposit wastes in trash receptacle only.
  7. Clean up spills IMMEDIATELY and only use DRY clean up methods. Keep absorbent materials (i.e. kitty litter) on hand to assist in containing spills. NEVER hose down a food or chemical spill.
  8. Keep dumpster area clean and covered. Ensure dumpster plug is in place. Never fill dumpster with liquid waste.

For more information on what your business can do to help keep our lakes clean, contact 407.246.2257 or