Reduce Stormwater Runoff
Here is a list of what residents, Home Owners Associations, and commerical applicators can do to help reduce pollution in stormwater runoff:
- Dispose of pet waste properly
- Limit use of pesticides and fertilizers, apply per manufacturer's instructions
- Plant native vegetation
- Wash your vehicle at a commerical car wash or in a yard
- Properly maintain your vehicle and recycle used oil
- Use, recycle, and dispose of household chemicals properly
- Clean paint brushes in a sink and use water-based paint when possible
- When draining a swimming pool, make sure chlorine is not present
- Have your septic system maintained and pumped regularly
View a complete list of Tips to Reduce Stormwater Runoff
Resources for conservation and going green
Informational brochure from the Water Environment Federation on Pets, Pollution, and Water Quality.
on stormwater quality
Make a Difference Everyday
A big thank you goes out to all of those who helped us with the latest stream clean-up! Look for more information about stream clean-ups in our area. Sign up for Notify Me and/or check the calendar for periodic updates.
Also, check out our StreamWatch Program where you can learn more about volunteering to help improve the life of a local stream!
Get involved in various Earth Day events throughout your community during the month of April.
Fun and environmentally-friendly events and information for the entire family, check out these links:
View the After the Storm video
produced by the EPA and the Weather Channel.
Fat Free Sewers
An increasingly common cause of overflows is sewer pipes clogged by grease.
The biggest byproduct of cooking is grease. Grease is found in items like meat fats, lard, cooking oil, butter, margarine, food scraps, baking goods, sauces, and dairy products. Too often, grease is washed down into the plumbing system where it sticks to the sides of the piping.
Home garbage disposals do not keep the grease out of the plumbing system. These units only shred solid material into smaller pieces and do not prevent grease from going down into the drain. Commercial additives, including detergents that claim to dissolve grease may pass grease down the line and cause problems in other areas.
The results of grease build up can case raw sewage overflows in your home, your neighbor's home, yards, or streets which can result in contact with disease-causing organisms. These build ups cost the homeowner and the sewer line maintenance department alot of money to clean up.
The easiest way to solve the grease problem and to help prevent overflows of raw sewage is to keep this material out of the sewer system. Here are a few suggestions: Never pour grease into sinks, tubs, or toilets. Scrape the grease and food scraps from plates and cookware into the trash or a recycling receptacle. Do not put grease into garbage disposals. Put strainers in sinks to catch debris then dispose of into the trash. Inform your neighbors to do the same!
This information is courtesy of the Water Environment Federation. www.wef.org
View the Fat Free Sewer
For citizens, the greatest benefit of water conservation is cost savings which are realized within your home. By reducing the amount of water consumed, the lower the homeowner's water and sewer bills are. For a municipality, this reduces the amount of water received at the wastewater treatment facility and can help reduce the frequency of sanitary sewer surcharges.
For the homeowner, it also helps to install energy efficient appliances. This not only saves on water consumption, it also reduces energy costs.
Run appliances with full loads. Use the shortest wash and rinse cycles available. Avoid the permanent press cycle which can use up to an additional 10-20 gallons of water.
When washing dishes by hand, brushing your teeth, shaving, washing your face, or washing the car, do not let the water run continuously.
Take shorter showers and use a water-conserving showerhead (less than 2.5 gallons per minute) rather than taking baths which can use 30-50 gallons of water.
Water the lawn when absolutely necessary. Trickle irrigation systems and soaker hoses are 20 percent more efficient than traditional sprinkler systems.
The Groundwater Foundation
is a resource which informs the general public about groundwater.
The American Water Resources Association
has a WaterWiser
program which offers various information on water conservation tips and resources.
The EPA has launched an enhanced set of web pages to provide information and resources for meeting the water infrastructure challenges faced in communities across the country.
- Dumping one quart of motor oil down a storm drain can contaminates 250,000 gallons of water.
- About 10 - 15 percent of all motor oil purchased leaks onto streets.
- The oil from one car engine can produce an eight-acre oil slick.
- Twenty five million tons of rubber wear off of cars in America each week. This tire dust contains zinc and other metals which can become pollutants when they enter our waterways.
- The average homeowner uses up to 10 pounds of chemicals on their lawns annually.
- Around 50 percent of all household hazardous waste is in liquid form.
- Paved surfaces and rooftops cover on average up to 80 percent of an urban-developed area.
- Water runs off of paved surfaces up to 10 times as fast as a non-paved surface.
- There are many benefits to stormwater management - one is that it will help improve our overall local water quality.
- Everything we do impacts our environment and the quality of the water, air and resources we consume on a daily basis.
What You Can Do To Make A Difference
- Help label storm drains.
- Maintain your vehicle properly.
- Don't wash your car in the driveway, instead, wash it at a commercial car wash or in your yard.
- Don't wash down your driveway or sidewalk with a hose, instead, sweep it.
- Control pests in your yard and garden without using chemicals, instead, use organic products.
- Plant native plants instead of invasive species.
- Follow correct landscape watering guidelines.
- Don't drain your pool, spa, or hot tub unless all chemicals have been removed from the water.
- Don't litter.
- Report illegal dumping by calling (615) 859-2740.
- Adopt a Highway
- Become involved in StreamWatch.
- Stormwater Brochure: What it is and how to help correct it
The stormwater hotline is (615) 859-2740.
This is the number for the collection of information regarding water quality concerns.
In addition to calling the above-listed hotline number, please fill out the Stormwater Violation Reporting Form