Stormwater - Carpet Cleaning Industry

Carpet cleaningWastes generated from carpet and drape cleaning activities are among the many common stormwater pollutants that can degrade water quality.  Carpet, drape, and upholstery cleaning activities generate a variety of wastes.  Rinse water containing soap and other cleaners contain phosphorus that fertilize aquatic algae which can degrade water quality.  It is illegal to dispose of wash water containing pollutants to the storm drain system!

Your Regulatory Requirements - County of San Diego, Stormwater Ordinance

What can I do?
Use Best Management Practices (BMPs)! 
BMPs are techniques or controls used to prevent or reduce the discharge of pollutants, such as soaps and other cleaners, into the stormwater conveyance system also known as the storm drain system.

Stormwater Best Management Practices for the Carpet & Drapery Cleaning Industry

Helpful Information and Documents:
General Stormwater BMP Brochure
Pollutant Impacts on Water Quality
San Diego County Wastewater Agencies
Carpet and Drape Cleaning presentation
CASQA BMP Handbooks

Tip: Do not drain rinse water to the storm drain system.

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If you have questions or would like additional information, 
call the County Stormwater hotline at 1(888) 846-0800
or e-mail us at

Report a Stormwater Violation On-Line
Department of Public Works
Watershed Protection Program
5510 Overland Ave., Suite 410, MS O326
San Diego,  CA  92123,  USA
(858) 495-5318           Fax: (858) 495-5263