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Best Management Practices
Pollution Prevention is Everyone's Business
Best Management Practices, or BMPs, are practices and procedures that residents, businesses, and developers can employ in common activities to help reduce the potential for pollutants to enter the environment.

Residents are encouraged to practice pollution prevention by incorporating best management practices into household activities.

Businesses and construction sites in San Mateo are subject to periodic inspections to confirm that BMPs in use are effective.

Examples of BMPs
  • Cover areas where potential pollutants are stored.
  • Use trash and storage containers with a tight-fitting lid and no leaks.
  • Prevent spills and leaks, and clean up promptly when they occur.
  • Sweep paved areas regularly.
  • Maintain landscaping properly.
  • Use, recycle, and dispose of wastes properly.
  • Wash vehicles using water only, on unpaved surfaces, or at a carwash.
  • Check storm drain inlets periodically.
  • Check for and seal any piping that carries wastewater to the storm drain.
  • Educate others to implement water pollution prevention practices.


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