You may find yourself walking around the inside of a grounds/vehicle maintenance
facility building and notice, perhaps, a drain or two in the floor and say to
yourself, “Hmm, I wonder what’s at the other end of those floor drains
and what gets drained?”
It is important to take some time to understand any requirements associated
with floor drains. For example, if the drains lead to a surface water body,
chances are they would need to be permitted for discharge. Or, if the drains
just go to the ground, then underground injection control (UIC) regulations
may be applicable. Similarly, if floor drains discharge directly to a publicly
owned treatment works (POTW), then their requirements would apply to your facility.
So, if you have one or more floor drains in your grounds/vehicle maintenance
work area, you may want to continue on and learn what requirements may be associated
with the floor drains in your facility and what you need to do to make sure
the drains are compliant and are not endangering the environment.