Stormwater Runoff – Our Tap Water’s Worst Enemy
After a good hard rain, pavements, streets and driveways look cleaner. However, the grime that washed away might have soaked into your soil or flowed into streams or rivers. Eventually, all the dirt and pollution that has been washed away by the rain could reach our drinking water sources.
Most people don’t realize that this “runoff” is the worst contributor to water pollution in the United States. To help make sure the water you use is clean and safe to drink, now and in the future, here are some important things you can do:
- Properly dispose of household chemicals and automotive fluids. Never dump them on the ground, down a drain or into a storm sewer.
- Fix all fluid leaks in your vehicles.
- Always clean up after your pets. Their decaying waste contaminates our drinking water.
- Use pesticides and fertilizers as sparingly as possible. Unused chemicals can soak into the ground to pollute our well water.
These simple measures will help make sure rainwater will not pick up harmful pollutants as it moves across ground surfaces. Runoff is a widespread problem, and by taking steps to reduce its damage, we can protect our water supplies and ensure that we will have safe drinking water for years to come.
Have you noticed a spill of any kind along our streams or roadways? This could include excess road salting, a vehicle crash, or even a homeowner dumping unknown material down a storm drain. LCA has signs installed throughout our watershed to remind motorists to call 911 if you see a spill. You can also Contact Us so we can evaluate if our water supplies will be affected!