Spring clean storm drains
03/07/2017 - The catch basins, or storm drains, on the side of the road funnel rainwater to Northern Kentucky’s creeks and rivers. With spring showers on the horizon, it is important to remember that pollutants and debris washed into these basins when it rains are not usually carried to one of SD1’s treatment plants for cleaning, but instead are conveyed to a nearby waterway. Once in our creeks and rivers, chemicals, yard debris, litter and dirt can degrade the quality of the water we rely on for drinking water and recreation. Basins and drains clogged by debris also can lead to storm water flooding that creates safety hazards and costly property damage.
Remember these tips to help protect public health, property and the environment:
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- Sweep grass clippings, leaves and other debris off the street and away from storm drains.
- Dispose of all waste properly in trash receptacles or recycling bins.
- Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly on your yard and landscaping.
- Never dump, pour or wash oil, chemicals, paint, yard debris, trash or other substances down a storm drain.
- When it snows, try to shovel ice and snow away from storm drains to maintain a clear opening.