Stormwater Pollution Prevention Guide

The City of Lodi offers guides to automotive businesses and food establishments to help prevent stormwater pollution. For additional information, contact the Public Works Department at 209-333-6740.

This guide is being provided as a tool to let you know that federal and state stormwater regulations now require many kinds of eating and drinking establishments to take steps to prevent stormwater pollution. Stormwater is one of the major source of pollutants in the San Joaquin creeks and rivers. By reading this training guide and educating yourself on what causes stormwater pollution you are on the right path to preventing it. Within this guide you will be introduced to Best Management Practices (BMPs) which are actions you, your managers and employees can take to prevent or reduce pollutants from leaving your business. By using this training guide, you can proactively help to protect our waterways.

Restaurants and Commercial Kitchens 


Clean eating and drinking establishments are important to everyone. However, when not properly handled and managed, routine activities that keep businesses clean, or that assists in food production, can contribute to the pollution of our watersheds and the Delta. Pollution can harm aquatic habitats, human health, and ultimately can result in significant cleanup costs. Being a successful business and an environmentally responsible eating and drinking establishment go hand-in-hand. 

Restaurants and commercial kitchens typically produce fats, oil, and grease (FOG) that when disposed improperly (e.g.; in kitchen sinks and toilets) can clog the sewer lines, causing sewer overflows into nearby homes, businesses or local waterways. Sewer systems and storm drain systems are not designed or equipped to handle the grease buildup from the fats, oils, and grease. 

•    FOG buildup in sewer lines can cause property damage, environmental problems, and other health hazards. 

•    Overflows impact public health, waterways and storm drains may result in expensive fines and cleanup costs. 

•    Overflows can result in expensive cleanup costs being assessed to the polluter

Thank you for being environmentally responsible and for keeping the San Joaquin region a desirable place for people to live and visit! Should you have any questions, please contact your local jurisdiction.

For additional information, contact the Public Works Department at 209-333-6740.