The Clean Water Act
In 1972 the Environmental Protection Agency issued the Clean Water Act (CWA) . The CWA “establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters.” The EPA conducts compliance and monitoring via inspections and investigations, as well as, water enforcement, which covers a variety of regulations like wastewater management and safe drinking water. Today there are hundreds of pressure washing companies for hire in Houston. The number of those companies that are compliant with pressure washing regulations is far fewer.
What Does It Mean
Becoming a compliant pressure washing company is a process. Under the Texas Water Code and The City of Houston Code of Ordinances any cleaning of parking lots, garages, industrial buildings and vehicles, or equipment is subject to strict rules that come with harsh penalties if they are not adhered to. The harshest of penalties include large fines and even jail time for discharging wastewater into the storm sewer system.
Companies are at risk if they hire a non-compliant pressure washing company. While pressure washing is a low-cost option for cleaning and maintaining large structures, non-compliant methods not following the CWA can lead to lawsuits, costly accidents, and fines up to $100,000.
Unauthorized discharge, for example, comes with fines up to $100,000 as well, if pressure washing companies are caught disposing of water with any pollutant mixed into it. This means while washing, the oils, grease, and dirt, for example, that is built up on the pavement in parking garages will get mixed into the water used to wash the structure. This water is not allowed to runoff into a storm drain. There is an allowed level of less than 15 parts per million, that a company with the correct permit is allowed to discharge of. Enterprise Commercial Paving uses a “closed loop system” that has a recapture system and water containment area.
Enterprise Commercial Paving
Enterprise Commercial Paving (ECP) is fully permitted by all city and state agencies required by the EPA to meet full compliance regulations. Their “white collar approach to a blue collar business” boasts professionally trained, highly experienced crews with no criminal background. ECP is always up-to-date with EPA regulations and is fully bonded and insured. Their commitment to environment protection ensures that the job is done correctly, safely, and within all regulations, keeping you and your business away from legal fees and fines.