Storm drains are designed to channel rainwater away from our streets and prevent flooding. However, they are not garbage disposals, and improper disposal of certain items can harm our local ecosystems. Here’s a friendly reminder of what NOT to let go down a storm drain:
- First of all, never dispose of litter, plastic bags, wrappers, or solid waste down storm drains. These items can end up in our rivers and oceans, which can harm marine life and pollute our water sources.
- Secondly, hazardous chemicals like motor oil, paints, and other pollutants should never be poured into a storm drain. These chemicals can contaminate the water supply and harm marine life.
- Be sure to pick up after your pets and dispose of the waste properly. Pet waste contains harmful bacteria which can adversely affect water quality.
- Grass clippings, leaves, and other yard debris should not be swept or blown into storm drains. These materials lead to clogs, which will have a negative impact on water quality.
- Tossing cigarette butts down a storm drain introduces toxic chemicals into our water system, which can be harmful.
If we can be being mindful of what goes down our storm drains, then we can collectively protect the health of our waterways. These actins will result in a cleaner, safer environment for ourselves and future generations, which is what we want! Let’s all work together to make a positive impact!
If you have any questions or concerns, then feel free to contact us. We are here to assist you in achieving clean and clear water for your home or business.
Be prepared with a check-up from Mac, but if you find yourself with plumbing or HVAC problems, be sure to contact Mac Plumbing, Heating & Air here or call us at (931) 552-5555.