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WBSO Sewer and Storm Drain Policies

The types of materials discharged to the sewer or storm drain systems are highly regulated by local, state, and federal law. The chart below reflects Warner Bros. policy as to what can be discharged into each system.  Employees violating the policies listed below will be subject to discipline, up to and including referral to Labor Relations and possibly termination.

SEWER (Sinks, Toilets, Mop Closets)
  • Tap or bottled water
  • Ice
  • Soft drinks or other beverages
  • Some food (in garbage disposal only)
  • Mop water
Everything Else – Including: • Paint / brush water • Solid foods • Car or cart wash water / soap • Cleaning supplies, solvents, or other chemicals • Gum, cigarette butts, or other trash.
STORM DRAIN (All open drains on WBSO streets - untreated directly to L.A. River)
RainwaterEverything Else – Including: Tap water (!) • Bottled water • Ice or melted ice runoff • Soft drinks or other beverages • Paint/brush water • Solid foods • Car or cart wash water/soap • Cleaning supplies, solvents, or other chemicals • Gum, cigarette butts, or other trash.
  • WBSO Fees for Labor and Costs of Clean-Up: Depends on extent of discharge.
  • EPA Clean-Up Costs: Depends on extent of discharge. Could be $100,000 or more.
  • Regional Water Quality Control Board: Fines of up to $10,000 per day per discharge, plus $10 per gallon of material discharged.
  • Criminal Penalties: Fines for the Studio and/or the Production. Criminal charges can be brought against the responsible person(s).
  • Damage to Environment: River, Ocean, Beach, Sewage Treatment Plant.
  • Bad Publicity: For the Studio and the Production.
  • Loss of Discharge Permits and/or Exemptions.
  • Disciplinary Action: Violation of Studio Policy could result in Discipline, up to and including Termination.
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