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Posted on: April 1, 2018

Stormwater: What is it and what happens to it?

Stormwater system

Stormwater is water that flows over land when it rains and enters our storm drains and local waterways including streams, creeks, ponds and Spring Hill Lake. This type of water has the potential to negatively impact the quality of our stormwater.

What happens to Stormwater?
Stormwater is never treated. As water flows over land surfaces, it can pick up whatever is lying there — pesticides, fertilizers, trash, debris and exposed soils. That means these substances travel directly into our storm drain system or local waterways causing many different problems.

Other things to consider
Fats, oils and grease (FOG) should never be poured down the sink or dumped in the environment or into stormwater entry points like street curb inlets, ditches and other surface water field inlets. They cause blockages and corrosion of sewer and stormwater pipes, leading to surface discharges of sewage and in addition, when this type of pollution enters our stormwater systems, it depletes oxygen from the water, which is harmful and/or deadly to aquatic life. We should also recognize that pollution that enters our storm waterways may end up in the lakes and groundwater that we use for drinking purposes.
Also, please do not dispose hazardous liquids such as gasoline, diesel fuel, solvents, paint, herbicides, pesticides, etc. in our stormwater systems. Contact your nearest county hazardous waste disposal site for more information.

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