Carpet Cleaners

Regional Stormwater Regulations for Mobile Carpet Cleaners

Many storm drains flow directly to a river or stream. Chemicals, soaps, and other pollutants in wash water can harm fish and other aquatic life.

It is against the law to allow anything other than rain water to enter the stormwater system. Draining wash water to the street or a catch basin is subject to enforcement and fines. As an owner, you are responsible for the actions of your employees.

Acceptable Wash Water Disposal Options:

  • Use bathtubs or utility sinks and a filter over the drain inside the homes that you are cleaning.
  • Use the wastewater cleanout at the home which you are cleaning. These are commonly located near the home’s foundation.
  • Collect the wash water in a tank on your vehicle and pump it into a utility sink or wastewater cleanout at your home or place of business.
  • Check for disposal locations.
  • Contact the City or County to request permission to use a sanitary system manhole. The sanitary system is a closed system that must be accessed by removal of a manhole lid.


  • Dump wash water on the ground, into an outdoor drain, or into the street.
  • Drain wash water into a street planter, rain garden, or other stormwater management facility.
  • Discharge wash water with chemicals into a home septic system.