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    Lynden Bejohnson

    I have about 65 gallons of water in 13 x 5 gallon buckets that I need to get rid of. It’s water from cleaning equipment from a residential paint job. Didn’t want to dump it down the drain but might need to if I can’t find a place to dispose of it properly.

    Any advice?


    Jen Nguyen

    Your kidding, right? Your drain goes to the water treatment plant then out to the ocean. Paint is toxic. You will harm the enivornment. Please think about what your doing.


    Tod Henricksson

    Lynden, what you’re suggesting is a criminal act and as an attorney I would strongly advise against doing anything that may result in legal action, stiff fines, and possibly jail time depending on the severity of the crime.




    I’m honestly not sure that what LBJ is suggesting *is* illegal. It’s not paint itself, it’s water that was used to clean paint equipment. We’ve all cleaned our paint brushes in our sinks, why is this any different, except for the scale?

    And, wow you guys. Except for Mike everyone has just pounced on LBJ instead of asking more questions to clarify the paint vs. water ratios that he’s dealing with. I think it’s brave of him to ask for advice, especially in a forum like this where folks leap to judgment so quickly!

    • This reply was modified 10 months, 2 weeks ago by  Curate.


    Lynden, I don’t have an answer for you other than to follow-up on MIWS suggestion, however I do want to thank you for reaching out to find what is the right thing to do.

    Hopefully you’ll educate and enlighten us all with what you learn so we too can keep the crud out of the drains.

    Kudos to you dude!!



    I think we’re being trolled. Simply Google search can tell you what to do. Lots of unnecessary outrage though from West Seattleites. Come on folks, this kind of online anger used to be reserved for Fox News viewers.



    I agree with “person” even though THAT name sounds a bit weird :-). I think it’s an algorithm poking us. Stinky finger, I’d say…

    If it’s not-a-bot, you’ll probably get your answer with a quick glance at the Seattle utilities pages. You know, the people that paint those Fish Stencils next to Storm Drains.


    • This reply was modified 10 months, 2 weeks ago by  22blades.
    • This reply was modified 10 months, 2 weeks ago by  22blades.


    I suppose “person” does seem shifty :)

    On second read, I think the angry replies are part of the troll too. They want us all to rage at each other!!

    Geez, I feel like I need to start crafting a tin foil hat. Sad, but I really don’t think that’s the case.


    Michael Waldo

    When I cleaned out a paint sprayer and had a few gallons of barely opaque water, I found a gravel path and poured it slowly over it. Soaks into the ground. latex paint is not very toxic – they don’t even accept it at the Hazardous waste place because they say it isn’t Hazardous. gravel, dirt, whatever.



    Per Seattle Public Utilities website;

    How to recycle
    Latex Paint
    In garbage
    Dry latex paint by leaving the can open and protected from children and animals.
    Separate the lid from the dried paint can and put both in your garbage.
    Tip: You can harden large amounts of latex paint by adding cat litter to the can.


    Did you know?
    Throwing out your dried paint can with the lid removed lets your garbage collector knows the paint is dried.

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