What is storm water runoff, and how does it impact the community?
Most rain water that falls from the sky seeps into the ground; but if the ground is saturated, frozen or covered by hard surfaces like a concrete driveway or a paved parking lot, the water is unable to soak into the ground and instead flows over the land, creating what is known as storm water runoff.
Northern Kentucky's creeks, lakes and rivers all depend upon storm water to soak into the ground to replenish water levels. However, unmanaged runoff can cause problems in urbanized areas. When storm water flows over the ground and other hard surfaces, it picks up pollutants like litter, oil, pet waste and chemicals from fertilizers and pesticides and carries those pollutants to SD1’s storm sewer system, which, instead of leading to a treatment plant, discharges storm water and any pollutants it picks up directly into the nearest creek or river. Because SD1 doesn’t treat storm water runoff like we do wastewater, these pollutants harm water quality in the local creeks and rivers we use for drinking water and recreation, threatening public health and harming aquatic life.
Excess storm water runoff can also cause flooding and erosion in developed communities, resulting in expensive and inconvenient property damage.
What is DRIP?
SD1 strives to develop and implement effective storm water management programs and policies that focus on preventing storm water pollution and managing the quantity and quality of storm water runoff in the region. The Disconnection, Redirection, Infiltration Program, or DRIP, provides homeowners with step-by-step guides to help them implement methods of managing storm water runoff in their own yards and neighborhoods.
How can SD1 help you manage storm water runoff?
A few effective methods homeowners can use to help manage storm water runoff include:
Downspout disconnection is the simple procedure of cutting off a segment of your home’s downspout and redirecting the flow of storm water runoff from your roof to your lawn, a rain barrel or another vegetated area on your property. By disconnecting your downspout from SD1’s sewer system, you can prevent excess storm water from entering the sewer system, as well as potentially redirect the water to an area for personal use.
For more information about disconnecting your downspout, click here
A rain barrel is a container that collects and stores storm water runoff from your roof. The water collected from your roof can be used to irrigate landscaping. By using the water stored in the barrel, you can potentially reduce your water bill and aid SD1 in managing storm water runoff.
For more information on rain barrels, click here
Please note: SD1 no longer has rain barrels for purchase.
A rain garden is a shallow, vegetated area that is designed to capture, store and clean storm water runoff. Installing a rain garden can beautify your property while protecting local waterways by managing runoff.
For more information on rain gardens, click here