Pollutants such as oil, antifreeze, detergents, pesticides, lead, silver, and copper can get washed from driveways, backyards, parking lots, and streets into storm drains when it rains and when snow melts.

Pollutant Issues at Home

  • The number one surface water quality problem nationwide involves fluids from vehicles, such as oil, gas, and antifreeze.
  • Hosing off pavement surfaces wash pollutants into storm drains, which lead straight to our rivers. Sweep your driveway and sidewalks instead.
  • Locate a hazardous waste drop off facility for old paint, pesticides, solvents, and batteries.
  • Street litter such as Styrofoam, plastic, and paper blows into our inlets. Keep trash bins covered and do not litter.
  • Pet waste gets carried away by stormwater, contributing harmful bacteria, parasites, and viruses to our river. Clean up after your pet.

Pollutant Issues at Businesses

At industrial sites, there is concern about chemical spills that contain toxic substances, smoke stacks that spew emissions, and uncovered or unprotected outdoor storage or waste areas that can contribute pollutants to storm water runoff. Best management practices include:

  • Wash vehicles or equipment in wash bays hooked up to the sanitary sewer. Don't wash off detergents, oils, and greases into streets or storm drains.
  • Divert rainfall runoff from fueling islands by building a canopy or cover over them.
  • Waste and processed water of any type must be discharged to the sanitary sewer.
  • Hosing off pavements wash pollutants into storm drains that lead straight to the river.

Report Issues

Report suspected stormwater pollution problems by calling Public Works at 316-788-0301.