In the United States over 40% of our water is unfit to drink, swim, or fish in. One of the major contributors to this is concrete washout water used on construction sites. This material is from washing out concrete trucks or concrete equipment on the site. Cement products such as concrete, mortar, grout, and
stucco are known to have high PH levels that are harmful to our water system, wildlife, leaving soils contaminated.
Minegar Environmental Systems, Inc. has created this system in conjunction with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
and SWPPP guidelines that
were put into place in 1993 to assist with these problems. We continue to find solutions to keep these contaminants from affecting our natural resources. Some
of the guidelines in place include terms that are explained in more detail below. If you have more questions on how these products affect our water system, please
visit the EPA website at http://www.epa.org.
- Best Management Practices (BMPs)
Schedules of activities, prohibitions of practices, maintenance procedures, and other management practices to prevent or reduce the discharge of pollutants
to waters of the United States. BMPs also include treatment requirements, operating procedures, and practice to control plant site runoff, spillage or leaks,
sludge or waste disposal, or drainage from raw material storage.
- Control Measure
Refers to any BMP, as used in this permit, or other method used to prevent or reduce the discharge of pollutants to waters of the United States.
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
A Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
is a written document that describes the construction operator's activities to comply with the requirements
in the construction general permit (CGP). The SWPPP
is intended to facilitate a process whereby the operator evaluates potential pollutant sources at the
site and selects and implements appropriate measures designed to prevent or control the discharge of pollutants in stormwater runoff. Guidance on
developing a SWPPP
and the implementation of appropriate best management practices (BMPs) is available