Business Source Control and Pollution Prevention

Stormwater, unlike sewer, is not treated when it enters our system. That is why treating water at the source, either at your business or residence, is important to ensure the system continues operating free of pollutants. Here are some of our Programs to help you get started with source control.

  1. business source control program
  2. pollution prevention assistance program

The City of Puyallup is required to implement a Business Source Control Program (BSC) to meet the requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Municipal Stormwater General Permit (MSWGPrestaurant bad bmps demonstration Opens in new window) to discharge to waters of the state while within the general conditions of the permit. The program is intended to be preventative, rather than reactive.

Businesses identified by the City as having a high potential for generation pollutants are required to implement source control Best Management Practices (BMP's) consistent with the latest Stormwater Manual. 

A representative of the City, also known as a Local Source Control Specialist, is authorized to enter private property at all reasonable times to conduct inspections, tests or to carry out other duties imposed by the code, provided the utility shall first notify the property owner or person responsible for the premises. The BSC Program has been designed to provide businesses with knowledge, inspection of BMP's, and enforcement at their place of business. Inspectors provide the business manager or owner with information on how to implement BMPS's properly and if any additional source control, structural of treatment of BMP's are needed onsite.

Below are BMP's that your Local Source Control Specialist will review during their visit. 

  • Disposing of wastes properly: There are many household hazardous products that should not just be tossed into the garbage. All wastes need to be designated properly and disposed of accordingly.
  • Being up to date on facility maintenance: This includes components such as grease traps, oil-water separators, and catch basins.
  • Storing materials correctly:  Many chemicals and other materials can be hazardous to the environment. Make sure these products are under cover and/or with secondary containment when not in use. 
  • Keeping outdoor areas maintained: It's common for dirt and grime to accumulate in certain areas of a business. It is important to frequently walk around your business and inspect for areas that are becoming dirty and in need of some cleaning, as well as noticing if any equipment is leaking or a spill has occurred.
  • Dumpster maintenance: Something as simple as keeping your dumpster lids closed could help the environment. Keeping the lids closed can help your dumpster last longer by reducing the amount of leachate that can cause corrosion in the dumpster. If you have any questions about replacing your dumpster, please contact your disposal company.cigarette-7432030_1280 Opens in new window

Additional Resources

If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Source Control Specialist, Nolan Fritts at (253) 841-5466 or email