What are our responsibilities?

We are not allowed to contaminate another’s water supply and cities in Colorado are required to control the discharge of any potential contaminants that could end up in our storm drain. The dirty water that is left after power washing often contains mud, soap, dirt, metals, oil, grease and other pollutants. Federal, State and local regulations on how wash water can be disposed are designed to improve water quality in rivers and streams by reducing the amount of pollutants carried to downstream communities.

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1. Is power washing illegal?
2. What are our responsibilities?
3. Do these restrictions apply only to businesses?
4. What happens to the wash water when we wash things off outside?
5. Where do these drains lead to?
6. What should businesses be aware of when approached by local companies offering to conduct power washing?
7. Who is responsible if a power washing company does not properly dispose of was water?