The waste wash water from mobile dog grooming is considered gray water and therefore it needs to be properly handled to prevent pollution of ground water. There is soap and bio-issues with this water and thus this must be considered when designing an operating procedure manual and BMP best management practice for mobile dog groomers.
Why Can’t I Just Drain My Water Into the Gutter?
If you drain your waste water into the gutter you are breaking the law, as that water goes into a storm drain and into a river, stream, ocean, lake or wildlife area. So you cannot do that as you are most likely breaking the NPDES permits for your city.
What I recommend is rather simple. Go to Wal-Mart or Sears/Kmart and buy a shop vacuum that sucks and pumps. They cost between $50.00 and $145.00 and this will help you with your proper discharging to the sanitary sewer system.
You need to hook the vacuum up to the drain plug on the wash water holding tank and then connect to the other output on the vacuum using a hose and run it into the house to your toilet, turn on the vacuum open the drain and leave your toilet float down. This is a good BMP for your small dog grooming business.
You should also tell the local municipal code enforcement that, this is what you are doing; he should be fine with it. I certainly hope this article is of interest and that is has propelled thought. The goal is simple; to help you in your quest to be the best in 2007. I thank you for reading my many articles on diverse subjects, which interest you.