SAWS: Best Management Practices – Commercial Food Facilities & Restaurants
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Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 679.4'
7/16/19 - Official

The Edwards aquifer and its catchment area in the San Antonio region is about 8,000 square miles and includes all or part of 13 counties in south-central Texas.

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Year-Round Watering Hours

Watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is allowed any day of the week before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m.

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Aquifer Level 679.4 | Year-Round Watering Hours

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Water Resource Protection & Compliance

Best Management Practices – Commercial Food Facilities & Restaurants

The following Best Management Practices (BMPs) encourage sound environmental stewardship and aim to reduce grease impacts on the sanitary sewer system by improving performance of grease traps and grease contributors.

  1. Train kitchen staff and other employees about how they can help ensure BMPs are implemented.
  2. Post "No Grease" signs above sinks and on the front of dishwashers.
  3. "Dry wipe" pots, pans, and dishware prior to dishwashing.
  4. Dispose of food waste by recycling and/or solid waste removal.
  5. Recycle waste cooking oil.
  6. Cover outdoor grease and oil storage containers.
  7. Routinely clean kitchen exhaust system filters.
  8. Do not pour grease down the sinks or into the toilet.
  9. Avoid or limit the use of garbage disposals.
  10. Clean interceptors with a capacity of 100 gallons or less weekly or more frequently if needed.
  11. Use a 3-sink compartment dishwashing system, including sinks for washing, rinsing and sanitizing.
  12. Use strainers in sinks to catch food scraps and other solids.
  13. Keep a maintenance log on grease interceptor/trap maintenance.