As required by Federal and State regulations, all local stormwater ordinances prohibit the discharge of cleaning chemicals and wastewater to the storm drain system (including storm drains, roadside swales, gutters, streets, sidewalks, drainage channels, swales, creeks and streams), or any natural or surface waters.
Discharges to the storm drain are only allowable when approved/permitted in writing by the Town of Carrboro Stormwater Division, the State of North Carolina DEQ, or Federal Agency.
The provided information on outdoor washing applies to:
Mobile contractors providing pressure washing/surface cleaning services to others
Businesses using pressure washing/surface cleaning equipment in their operations or maintenance (such as cleaning heavy equipment, patios, walkways, parking lots, etc).
Any release that enters waterways or stormwater conveyance system is a violation of Town Code Section 5-32 and is subject to enforcement and fines.
It is important to understand that Businesses and individuals that don't perform their own pressure washing/surface cleaning, but hire contractors for these services, may be subject to enforcement if contractors illegally dispose of wastewater to the stormwater conveyance system or waterways on their property.