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​Business Owners
Clean water is everyone's business. As water flows over parking lots, lawns and plant beds, it collects pesticides, oils, soil, chemicals and other pollutants. The storm drains on or near your property are connected to the city's storm sewers, which flow directly into the closest stream. Businesses in Salisbury can help protect our water quality and assist with the City's stormwater efforts by establishing and following some simple procedures.
  • Clean up trash and litter around your property.
  • Train all employees on proper disposal methods for the wastes that your business generates.
  • Inspect and label storm drain inlets.  Identifying storm drain inlets on your property alerts employees that no dumping is allowed. 
  • Never dump grease or waste into storm drains.  Store grease containers away from storm drains to prevent spills.
  • Keep trash dumpster lids closed and make sure your dumpster does not leak.  Never pour liquids into your dumpster.
  • Don't dump mop water and other cleaning water into parking lots or storm drains.  Pour it down sinks and toilets instead, where it will flow into the city's waste water treatment facility.
  • Dispose of engine oil, paint, fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals and hazardous materials properly.
  • Don't clean paintbrushes or rinse paint containers into a street, gutter or storm drain. Water based paints should be cleaned in the sink. Oil based paints should be cleaned with paint thinner and then filtered so the thinner may be reused.
  • Use fertilizers, weed killers, deicing and/or other chemicals only as needed.  Sweep up any dried residues and place in the trash.  Dispose of hazardous wastes properly.  Never hose into gutters or storm drains.
  • Clean up car fluid with an absorbent material such as cat litter, sweep up and place in trash.  Never hose into gutters or storm drains.   
  • Garden and lawn maintenance workers should never blow or rake leaves into the street, gutter or storm drain.  

 Contact Information


​​​City of Salisbury
Stormwater Utility
210 West Franklin Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

Hours of Operation
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Stormwater Utility Manager
Craig Powers
(704) 216-2718

Stormwater Engineer

Chris Tester
(704) 216-7554